The Kitui Central constituency National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) has built six police staff quarters at Kitui Police Station at cost of Sh 1.65 million to ease congestion and enhance prompt service delivery by the law enforcers.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the quarters on Friday in Kitui, area legislator Dr Makali Mulu said that the new units will ease emergency mobilization of security teams since the police officers will be residing in the same compound.
‘Itoleka Police Station in Katulani location has also benefited from a similar project. We are complementing the government’s efforts in realizing the Big Four Agenda of affordable housing,’ said Dr Mulu.
The legislator commended the country’s security agencies for their quick response during the Dusit2D attack adding that such a move foiled a catastrophic massacre of innocent civilians and destruction of property.
‘I congratulate wananchi and the police in Kitui for their swift response for arresting four more suspects at Parkside Villa in Kitui Town in connection with the terror attack targetting a luxury hotel in Westlands,’ said the legislator.
Antony Kamitu, the outgoing Kitui County Police Commander urged the citizens to be more vigilant and report any case of suspicious persons to the police.
Kamitu pointed out that additional houses should be built for the police and toilets for the administration police adding that investing in community security and welfare, is in conformity with ‘People Centred Policing’ as envisioned in the Police Reform agenda and enshrined in the constitution.
He lauded the initiative to create a conducive environment for police officers to deliver quality services and called for support from the private sector to supplement government efforts.
Kamitu disclosed that the National Police Service is committed towards building partnerships with the people of Kitui County to achieve people centred policing.
Last year, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet said that the government will soon start the construction of 20,000 housing units for Police officers in various parts of the country to alleviate the current housing shortage.
Boinnet further hailed members of parliament for building housing units and office accommodation for the Police in their respective constituencies saying the gesture was welcome and appealed for more help through individuals and community initiatives.
Commenting on terror, Kamitu called on Kenyans to embrace the Nyumba Kumi initiative noting that the attacks could occur anywhere.
“Many people think that the attacks can occur only in the Coast, Nairobi and Garissa and they should report any suspicious cases to the police,” he said.
Kamitu noted that ongoing co-operation between police and members of the public had seen crimes cases in the region drop significantly.
“This is a noble project and part of the ongoing community policing and the new office will help improve service delivery to the mwananchi,” he said.
By Yobesh Onwong’a