Don’t be intimidated by politicians, President Kenyatta urges the police » Capital News

NAIROBI, Kenya, 20 January – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the police not to be intimidated by anyone, especially politicians, but to assume their duties boldly.

While presiding over the passing out parade of 298 direct entry Inspectorate cadets to the main campus of the National Police College in Nyeri, the Head of State stressed the need for them to exercise their mandate without fear or favour.

“I want to reiterate once again that you must not allow political intimidation to interfere with your work in accordance with your oath of office. You are expected to perform your work without fear or favor and without any intimidation from the from anyone,” he said.

President Kenyatta’s appeal follows recent claims by the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party accusing the state of turning a blind eye to the violence perpetrated against them by their political rivals.

However, the National Police Service has dismissed as baseless allegations that it is taking sides in election campaigns by failing to end the violence.

Police spokesman Bruno Shioso said the party’s claims associated with Vice President William Ruto are “outrageous” and only meant to tarnish his name.

While addressing the graduating cadet officers – 220 men and 78 women – President Kenyatta called on them to discharge their duties with dignity and integrity.

“You are joining the security sector at a time when we are implementing significant reforms in the security sector with a view to restoring the place of pride of our security organs…you should expect Kenyans demand more of your quality service than any previous crop of officers,” the Head of State said.

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He further called on Kenyans to remain vigilant amid the terrorism and civil unrest seen in the region.

“Therefore, we must all, as a nation, remain vigilant to ensure that despite all that is happening outside our borders, we remain safe here at home while working with our colleagues in all regions. to ensure peace and stability for our entire region,” he said.

Attending the event were Home Secretary Fred Matiangi and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.