Police announce traffic disruption along Eastern By-pass

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On Wed, 11 Jan, 2023 09:43 | 3 mins read
Police announce traffic disruption on Eastern By-pass
Traffic police officers in action. PHOTO/Courtesy

Police have announced traffic disruptions in Nairobi ahead of the passing out parade of officers attached to the Administration Police Service.

In a traffic alert on Wednesday morning, police said traffic snarl-ups are expected along the Eastern Bypass and adjacent roads during the exercise set to take place at the National Police College Embakasi A Campus (formerly APTC), Utawala.

Police urged motorists to be patient, observe lane discipline and cooperate with officers on site.

"We call on motorists to be patient and observe lane discipline, follow directives given by NPS officers on the ground to allow smooth flow of traffic as we work to ensure normal operations go on," the notice read in part.

"We regret any inconveniences that may be caused."

President William Ruto, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome and other top security bosses are expected to attend the event.

Yesterday, the Head of State presided over the passing out parade of 2,881 Police Constables from the National Police Service College in Kiganjo, Nyeri county, the first pass-out parade presided over by Ruto since taking over as President in September last year.

Addressing the audience, the President urged the new Police Officers to serve the public with integrity and professionalism, symbolic of the police uniform and badge of honour.

President Ruto also reaffirmed the government's commitment to improving the terms and conditions of service of Police Officers in the country.

The Head of State asked the police boss to ensure all new recruits get the requisite uniforms from the government, saying no officer should be asked to dig into their pocket to buy police fatigue as has been the case in the past.

"As we expect from these great officers to perform their part of the bargain, I expect that on our part we ensure that these officers who leave here today get the requisite uniform," he said.

"I don't expect what has been happening in the past that these officers are asked to go and look for uniforms and buy them using their own money in all manner of places. It's my expectation that these officers will be given the appropriate uniform by the government of Kenya."

Ruto said the uniforms must be of good quality that "meets the standards for our policemen and women who perform a distinguished function in the republic of Kenya".

"I expect that that will be worked out between your office and the minister (Interior) so that the additional resources that are required are provided for so that these officers can wake up in the morning and go to duty knowing very well that the government of Kenya stands ready and behind them as they perform that very important responsibility of protecting the people of Kenya and their lives," the President added.

The President also committed to implementing recommendations by the task force established to review the police welfare once ready.

The 22-member task force led by retired Chief Justice David Maraga took oath of office on Monday.

The President has tasked the team with overseeing reforms at the National Police Service and Kenya Prisons Service.

"We are going to ensure men in uniform have a career like other careers in the Republic of Kenya," President Ruto said

On his part, the IG congratulated the new Officers for successfully completing the rigorous training.

More than 5,000 police graduates are set to be released to service after a nine-month of training at various National Police Service training colleges.

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