Okiya Omtata files petition to suspend new police reforms

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Activist Okiya Omtata has filed a petition seeking to suspend the implementation of the police reforms announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday.

The activist in his petition said that the President has no power under the Constitution to effect changes in the structure of National Police service.

“Only the Inspector General has such powers in accordance with the Constitution. Nobody can direct the IG on what to do,” says Omtata.

Omtata also argued that there was no consultation or public participation of Kenyans in the new reforms including on the change of uniforms and police houses.

Some of the changes the activist wants temporarily stopped include; changes in the National Police Service, including changes in the structure and command of the National Police Service, the integration of Kenya Police Service, the Administration Police Service, the change of uniforms, the re-branding of colleges, and the introduction of housing allowances for junior officers.

Yesterday, the president announced new reforms in the police department including 12 senior police positions being  scrapped and re branding and renaming of the different police training colleges, with Kenya Police Training College being renamed the Kenya Police College Kiganjo Campus; AP Training College renamed National Police College Embakasi A Campus as GSU Training College becomes National Police College Embakasi B Campus

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