Ruto vows to enhance financial autonomy in the police service

Ruto vows to enhance financial autonomy in the police service

BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,13TH SEPT 2022-President William Ruto has vowed to enhance financial autonomy in the National Police Service by transferring its budget from the Office of the President.

In his inaugural speech, President Ruto said that he will designate the Inspector-General as the accounting officer in order to end its dependency from his office.

This, he said will give the National Police Service the impetus to the fight against corruption and put to an end the political weaponization of the criminal justice system.

“As required by Article 245 of the Constitution, the IG is mandated to exercise independent command over the NPS.  The services operational autonomy however has been undermined by the continued financial dependence on the office of the president. This situation is going to change,” said President Ruto.

“As I address you, I have instructed that the instruments conferring the financial autonomy to the National Police Service by transferring their budget from the Office of the President and designating the Inspector General as the Accounting Officer be placed on my desk for signature this afternoon,” he added.

At the same time, President Ruto pledged to strengthen the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) capacity and governance institutions.

The President, who lauded IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati for upholding the rule of law despite facing intimidation in the just concluded August 9th General Elections noted that IEBC stewarded a transparent and credible election, whose result faithfully reflected the democratic will of the Kenyan people.

In his speech, Ruto said that going forward; his administration will support the electoral agency in its institutional capacities so as to expand the deployment of technology to cover all elections from those of MCAs to those of the president.

“I also believe there is tremendous opportunity to support electoral processes in our political parties as part of the broader democratic development,” he said.

Through that, Ruto said that political parties will also have the autonomy to perform their mandates as enshrined in the 2010 constitution.

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