Lamu,KENYA: The National Government has recruited an additional 500 Kenya Police Reservists in terror-prone areas in Lamu and Garissa Counties.
A total of 300 and 200 KPR officers have been deployed to Lamu and Garissa counties respectively.
Linda Boni Director James Serian the move intends to boost efforts in the Ongoing Multi agency Linda Boni operation in Lamu.
Speaking on Thursday,Serian said the names of all the 500 officers had already been presented to the Inspector General-IG for vetting before they are approved to commence work.
“We have acquired 500 more KPR officers in order to enhance security efforts here In Lamu but more so at the grassroots and areas where the operation is happening,” said Serian.
Lamu County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the national government was making efforts to improve the working conditions of KPR officers in Lamu and in the whole nation.
Kanyiri said the KPR was equally an important part in ensuring the security of locals at the grassroots and that the government was keen to ensure they receive the necessary assistance to boost the same.
“As a government we shall continue to bring in more KPR and also improve on their working conditions. They are an integral part of security and we recognize that,”said Kanyiri.
This comes amid prolonged cries from KPR officers in Lamu to the national government to improve their working conditions which they have termed as deplorable.
Lamu county KPR commander William Kiragu said there was need for the national government to equip them with modern guns and adequate ammunition to enable them confidently engage the enemy and especially the Alshabaab militia who have been terrorizing the region.
“This is one part of the security system in Kenya that has been completely forgotten. We need modern guns, uniforms and all the assistance we can get in order to do our work effectively,” said Kiragu.
Early 2015, over 60 KPR officers in Lamu downed their tools and quit their jobs citing poor working conditions and lack of salaries.