The police department in Kandara Sub County Murang’a has received a major boost after an ultra-modern building complex was handed over to them by Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome.
The newly constructed police building complex is among the key projects in the constituency that were managed by the Kandara NG-CDF year 2021/2022 and is meant to enhance service delivery by providing a decent working and holding environment for inmates.
The police complex has 23 rooms that include modern cells, an armory, OCPD and OCS offices.
Speaking during the complex’s handing over ceremony, Murang’a County Women Representative Betty Maina, underscored the need to have modern and decent police stations while adhering to Chapter Four of the Constitution of Kenya that talks about the rights of arrested persons.
“Having interacted with some of the arrested persons, it is unfortunate that they are mostly held in despicable environment and that amounts to abuse of their fundamental rights as human beings,” observed Maina. “We must restore human dignity and ensure we respect the cannon of innocence until proven guilty,” she said.
The Women Rep promised to collaborate with well-wishers and human rights organizations so that her office can embark on distribution and donations of basic human essential utilities such as blankets, toiletries and slippers among other basic needs to all cells across the county.
Maina further called on the necessary police departments to de-crowd police cells by giving fines to petty offenders where necessary and in line with the law and to also hasten the court processes for those who must be taken to courts across the county.
The previous sub county police building was set up in the 1950s was in dilapidated conditions. This comes at a time when the police service in the country is set to experience financial autonomy after President William Ruto signed an executive order on inauguration day authorizing the same.
By Florence Kinyua