Former Chief Justice David Maraga has been appointed by President William Ruto to head a taskforce that will come up with recommendations on how to improve the terms of officers serving in the National Police Service and Kenya Prisons Service.
“ I, William Samoei Ruto, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, in exercise of the powers conferred on the Head of State and Government by the Constitution and the Laws of the Republic of Kenya, do hereby establish a taskforce on improvement of the terms and conditions of service and other reforms,” the President has said in a gazette notice.
The President had during the campaigns promised to towards ensure that the police will have adequate resources to execute their mandate. On Wednesday he again reiterated that the government will accelerate its efforts to better the working conditions of police officers across the country.
“I am committed at a personal level and the Kenya Government at the corporate level, to make sure that we have a professional service. I have given my assurance to the Commanders across the country that they have my support and that of the Government of Kenya to make sure they deliver on their mandate,” Ruto said.
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According to the gazette notice the objectives of the taskforce will be to:
(a) Identify the legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational constraints on effective service delivery by the National Police Service and the Kenya Prisons Service
(b) Identify and recommend legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational reforms in the NPS and KPS for effective service delivery
(c) Review and recommend improvement of the terms and conditions of service
(d) Review and recommend improvement of matters relating to welfare of officers in all cadres of the NPS and KPS and all other matters incidental to the optimal service delivery by the NPS and KPS.
(e) Review and recommend on any other matter incidental to improved terms and conditions of service and other reforms in the NPS and KPS.