Police reforms :Activist Okiya Omtata goes to court to seek order suspending move

Police reforms :Activist Okiya Omtata goes to court to seek order suspending move

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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,14TH SEPT 2018-Just a day after  president Uhuru Kenyatta announced the new reforms in the police force,Activist Okiya Omtata has filed a case in court seeking to suspend the implementation of the  changes.

The vocal activist  argues that the President has no power under the Constitution to effect changes in the structure of National Police service.

“Only the Inspector General has such powers in accordance with the Constitution. Nobody can direct the IG on what to do,” says Omtata.

He also claims that there was no consultation or public participation giving Kenyans opportunity to input their views in the proposals including on the change of uniforms and police houses.

About 300 senior officers will be retired as part of the major reforms in the structure, command, control and welfare of the National Police Service.

In the reforms announced by president Kenyatta at the Kenya school of government on Thursday,the new police uniforms was unveiled as well as raft of other  measures including housing allowance for police that will see the entire force reformed .

 

The President also asked the Treasury to assist in the additional funding for officers to effect the new housing with effect from December 1.

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