The Bill, to be tabled by Senate Majority Leader Prof Kithure Kindiki (Tharaka-Nithi, TNA), will see Kenya join other countries that have a special force that focuses on ensuring their main cities are free of criminals to win over investors’ confidence.
“Security is a sensitive issue, hence the need to start off with Nairobi before thinking of rolling out the initiative to other major towns countrywide,” he said.
“The city inspectorate department is a moribund with no sophisticated manpower to deal with insecurity. It’s a civilian outfit that is not useful hence the need to modernize and upscale it to support what the police does,” added Mr Kindiki.
The senator observed that since Nairobi is the economic and political hub of the country, unchecked cases of insecurity risked driving away investors and eventually slowing down economic growth.
“This agency would complement the work of the police and other law enforcers to tackle crime and eventually create confidence to both Kenyans living in the city and foreign investors,” he said.
Senate Majority Chief Whip Beatrice Elachi (nominated, APK) asked county governments to be actively involved in fighting crime as opposed to only looking up to the national government to provide adequate security.
Senator Elachi said that the police unit, once successful in Nairobi, can be replicated in other major towns to improve the country’s current security situation that she said was a threat to development.
“The new security personnel would play a critical role in dealing with the runway insecurity within these cities, which adversely affects Kenya’s image internationally and hampers investment,” she said.
– Additional Reporting by Daily Nation.