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By - Updated Tuesday, March 26th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3
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By Lukas Ng’asike

More than 300 police officers in Kainuk in Turkana South District have been relocated to modern housing, giving hope to the much-awaited police reforms. 

The officers working along the volatile Turkana-Pokot border had decried poor living standards protesting that the Government had ignored their plight despite numerous complaints. 

But their dream for improved housing was realised after the completion of the police housing project in the area. 

The housing infrastructure is part of the countrywide police reforms expected to ensure that living standards of all security agents meet certain standards.

The officers moved to new housing units courtesy of Manyota General Contactors that had been given the tender to construct eight modern housing units within a period of seven months. 

Handed over

Manyota General Manager James Njukia confirmed the projects have been completed and are ready to be occupied by the officers.

“We executed our work as we agreed in the contract. We have handed over to the relevant authorities for allocation,” he said.  

Similar housing units for security officers have been constructed countrywide. 

Rift Valley Deputy PPO Mark Opiyo said they were working hard to ensure that security agents live in better conditions.

“In the past our officers have been living in pathetic conditions. We have rolled out plans to set up decent housing units for them,” he said. 

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