Ruto appoints ex-CJ David Maraga as chairperson of police welfare taskforce

Ruto appoints ex-CJ David Maraga as chairperson of police welfare taskforce

President William Ruto has appointed former Chief Justice David Maraga as the chairperson of a taskforce set to improve the terms and conditions of service in the Kenya police force.

In a gazette notice dated December 21, President Ruto underscored that there is a need to improve the working conditions of police officers and the Government is working to ensure they have adequate resources to execute their mandate.

The Head of State added that his government will be firm to address the perennial welfare challenges that continue to compromise the efficacy of the National Police Service (NPS) and the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS).

"The imperative of strengthening the security sector remains a national priority and the primary means of surmounting the emerging and dynamic security challenges we face," he added. 

The taskforce will be mandated to review and recommend improvement on the terms and conditions of service, identify and recommend legal policy institutional and operational reforms in NPS and KPS, and recommend matters related to police welfare in all cadres of the police force. 

Joining Maraga in the taskforce is Carole Kariuki who will act as Vice Chairperson alongside 21 other members.

Other members are Moffat Kangi, John Moyaki, Obrahim Guyo, Richard Kirundi, Elizabeth Mueni, Roseline Odede, Joash Dache and Doreen Muthaura.

Others are Albert Mwenda, Terry Maina, Hassan Mohamed, Capt. (Rtd) Simiyu Werunga, Mutuma Ruteere, Anne Ireri, Stephen Kayongo, Jafaar Mohammed, Sammy Chepkwony and Khadija Mire.

Three other joint secretaries have also been appointed.

The latter lies on the backdrop of President Ruto's commitment to improving the welfare of the disciplined forces during the 59th Jamhuri Day celebrations in Nairobi on December 12.

He reminded Kenyans of his commitment to deliver on campaign promises regarding security starting with financial autonomy for the police.

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