ailment geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Speaking during the graduation of 2209 police recruits at the Kenya Police College at Kiganjo, there President Kenyatta said those who will not have surrendered illegal weapons in their possession would face the full force of the law.
President Kenyatta said this would be part of decisive actions that would soon be taken to restore order in the security of the country which is being compromised by terror threats from Al-Shabaab terror group.
The President’s announcement of an impending action comes to reinforce the directive by the Internal Security Ministry that all refugees must return to the recognized refugee camps in the country.
The Al-Shabaab terror group has argued that it was attacking Kenya because the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) deployed to restore order in Somalia.
“We have hosted more than a million refugees for more than 20 years without imposing any restrictions. We cannot continue tolerating those who are abusing our good gestures,” said the President.
The Head of State also reassured Kenyans that the war against terror is not a war between religions or cultures.
“We are not at war with any religion. Our war is against criminals,” said President Kenyatta.
President Kenyatta also called on Kenyan religious leaders to rise up to the occasion and reclaim the values that have held the country together as neighbouring nations were consumed by internal strife.
“Your country needs you now. Use your influence to remind those in your care of our traditions of co-existence, humility and understanding,” he said.
The President also called on members of the public to work closely with the security organs by giving information on bad elements.
To the graduating police officers, 1145 male and 1064 female, the President said the security and safety of Kenyans was in their hands.
He reminded them that they were joining the force when the country was facing a difficult security situation.
The President said there are many criminals who plot to do harm to Kenyans and that their hatred does not spare women and children.
“Law enforcement is not a career for the fearful and the greedy” said the President, and told the new officers to defend “our citizens to the best of your abilities”.
The President also assured the police of the government’s continued support citing the acquisition of 1000 vehicles, improved welfare and accommodation.
The new officers were also warned of corruption and told that it would not be tolerated.
Deputy President William Ruto said the Government will not allow “terrorists, poachers and cattle rustlers to take over the country”.
The Deputy President said strong action would be taken against the terror networks in the country.
“Kenyans have spoken loudly and clearly, in town and in villages and they say enough is enough” the DP said
Internal Security Cabinet Secretary, Joseph ole Lenku, said more legislations to improve security.
“The war against terror must be won. We have the mental wellbeing, the spiritual strength and the combat determination to win against the terrorists,” he said.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo said the police force would soon roll out a new community policing programmes involving the youth and religious leaders.
The graduating recruits spent 15 months in training but the next lot would revert to the old system of 9 months to allow the police force to recruit every year.
During the passing out parade the President gave awards to outstanding recruits.
The best all round recruit award was given to Ahmed Bashir, the best female recruit award was given to Violet Muunda Kaviku, Dennis Nandi was the best student in academics while the best rifle shot award went to Fancy Chepkorir.