Return of 'powerful' chiefs loom in latest grassroots shakeup

Speaking at Mtwapa location chief's office in Kilifi County where he made an impromptu visit, the CS directed the State Department of Interior to liaise with the National Police Service to implement the proposal by January next year.

Kindiki allayed fears that placing police under chiefs' command could return the country to the era of all-powerful and notorious provincial administrators, saying the government would strike a fine balance between power and responsibilities.

"We will improve their working environment to make sure they deliver security and are able to articulate government policy more clearly and more effectively," he said.

On security in the coastal region, the CS said the government was working closely with community policing groups to identify and isolate criminal gangs and networks behind drugs and violent crime.

He also said the government was working on a smart traffic monitoring policy that will reduce the number of roadblocks manned by traffic police.