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Ruto reiterates government support to police to eradicate extrajudicial kilings



President Willam Ruto

President William Ruto has reiterated his administrations pledge to support the National Police Service in efforts to eradicate extrajudicial killings.


While addressing a gathering at the launch of the State of the Judiciary report on Friday, Ruto asserted the need to strengthen Kenya’s police force rather than rely on foreign agencies to deliver police mandates.


“I am very clear in my mind that we do not need the advice of the Scotland Yard to be able to remove and disband the murderers and units within our police force,” he told the gathering.“


Supporting our professional police force will guarantee the lives of all Kenyans, security of our property and get rid of the menace of extrajudicial killings.”The President’s remarks echo sentiments he made last month repeatedly, as he initiated changes within the National Police Service aimed at achieving better service delivery and accountability.


Since taking office, Ruto has disbanded the Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) which he alleged was used as a hit squad by the past regime. He has also overseen a change in the leadership of the Service, seemingly meant to spark a change in police culture towards better performance and answerability.


In his address on Friday, he spelled out that the national government’s support for the police was critical in helping the police deliver on their security responsibility to Kenyans.


“We must support the police force, Independent police oversight authority and they will guarantee our security and democracy and that is what I believe in,” said Ruto.


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