Rigathi Gachagua says taskforce on police reforms to be unveiled soon

Security personnel patrol the KICC complex compound when President William Ruto presided over the launch of a report on the State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has announced that a task force to review terms and working conditions of the uniformed officers will be unveiled in the next two weeks. 

He said the taskforce will be gazetted by President William Ruto upon his return from the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

Gachagua was speaking at the Holy Family Basilica during service for uniformed officers.

“In two weeks, the President will form a taskforce to review the terms of service and working conditions of all the uniformed officers. The taskforce will start receiving views from the Kenya and Administration Police officers and then to other officers. The task force will follow the bottom-up approach and the same will happen in all other areas,” he said.

“We will also listen to the people of Kenyan on how to reform the service. Their input will enable us reform the service in order to allow them to work professionally," he added.

Gachagua urged the officers to come forward and give views on how the service can be reformed, saying they are the only ones who understand the challenges bedevilling them.

“We will want the police officers to avail themselves to give your views when the team will be traversing the country,” he said.

The DP noted that if the police officers are well remunerated and their welfare given priority, cases of suicide will be a thing of the past in the country.

Gachagua also blasted the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga for suggesting that the government should involve the Scotland Yard to investigate extra-judicial killings in the country.

“When a leader says that we should invite Scotland Yard to do investigations in the country, that’s an insult to our officers. We have professional officers with the capability to that work in the country,” he said.

“I don’t think we want an outsider to come and advise us on our capacity and abilities to do our work. Our problems will be solved locally by our Kenyan officers," he added.

The DP assured that that under the Kenya Kwanza administration, cases of extra judicial killings will be a thing of the past.

"The President has indicated that his government will not accept extra judicial killings, those tools of trade that have been blessed today by the clergy are for protecting life and property and cannot be turned into harm. Let’s be professional and respect the constitutional and the rule of law,” said Gachagua.