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ELECTION 2022

Police, National Intelligence Service get more cash

NATIONAL
By Kamore Maina | Apr 8th 2022 | 2 min read

Some of the 298 police cadets match past the dais during the pass out parade presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kenya Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County on January 20, 2022. [Mose Sammy, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta has in his last year in office set aside more money for security operations.

The National Police Service and Prisons has in this year’s Budget received Sh122.2 billion that will help in matters related to internal security.

The Interior Ministry, headed by Dr Fred Matiang’i, will receive Sh203 billion up from the Sh134 billion allocated to the ministry in the last financial year.

Of this amount, Sh143 billion will be available to the National Police service for their operations as the country prepares for the August elections.

And in making sure that the country continues getting top notch security intelligence, Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has now allocated Spymaster Philip Kameru and his team at the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Sh46.1 billion.

This is an additional Sh7 billion from the previous year when NIS received Sh39 billion.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) have also received generous financial allocation this year.

Sh3.6 billion has now been allocated to EACC boss Twalib Mbarak to help in the fight against corruption.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti, another critical player in the criminal justice system, has been allocated Sh3.4 billion.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has been allocated Sh3.4 billion for the smooth running of his office and prosecution of criminal cases.

Treasury has set aside Sh30 billion to prisons.

Yatani has increased the prisons budget by an additional Sh2 billion from last year.

And the Defence ministry has been allocated Sh128.4 billion.

In the last financial year, Treasury set aside Sh115 billion for military operations.

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