The Kenya Police Leadership Academy, which will be situated on a 120-acre piece of land will cost Sh Sh956 million and is expected to be completed by December 2021.
The project will compose of 220 housing units for the officers, classrooms and lecture rooms, well equipped auditorium, kitchen and dining facilities and recreational facilities.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who witnessed the ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, revealed that the idea to construct the academy was born out of the desire to strengthen the leadership of police service.
“The idea of a police academy was borne out of my administration’s desire to strengthen the leadership of our police service,” he said.
Kenyatta added that the institution will change the lives of the locals and encouraged the contractor to involve them in the construction process by offering them manual jobs.
“The academy will be among the many huge contracts offered to local contractors in the spirit of building our own. 50 per cent of the materials expected to be used in the construction of the facility will be sourced locally,” he said.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i commended the president’s effort to ensure that the police department is well managed and cared for. He stated that over the years there has been a great transformation in the national police service departments.
“There has been enhanced mobility, over three thousand vehicles have been purchased and an integrated command center in Nairobi and Mombasa set up,” he said.
by Rop Janet/ Maronda Moraa