Government of Kenya needs KSh108B to implement far-reaching reforms in police service, Kenya Prisons and NYS – PS Omollo

The Government of Kenya is embarking on an ambitious endeavor requiring KSh108 billion to enact comprehensive reforms within the National Police Service, Kenya Prisons Service, and National Youth Service. Dr. Raymond Omollo, the Principal Secretary for Internal Security and National Administration, has outlined a strategic timeline spanning from 2024 to 2028 for the implementation of these reforms, guided by a meticulously crafted framework.

This framework, developed in collaboration with stakeholders since February of this year, delineates four crucial areas of reform. These encompass leadership enhancement across the three services, bolstered oversight and accountability mechanisms, institutional capacity development alongside human resource management and growth, as well as fortified operational readiness and logistical prowess.

These reform priorities stem from the recommendations put forth by a taskforce chaired by former Chief Justice David Maraga, whose report was submitted to President William Ruto in November of the previous year. Dr. Omollo, overseeing an inter-agency steering committee, has identified 598 specific areas for reform. Among these, 291 can be implemented through administrative measures without necessitating additional financial allocations, while 177 require financial investments but no policy or legislative amendments.

However, certain reforms mandate policy revisions, legislative adjustments, or further consultations with stakeholders. Dr. Omollo implores development partners to lend their support to this reform initiative for its successful execution.

At a recent roundtable session held at the Sarova Stanley, Nairobi, Dr. Omollo briefed development partners on the progress of reform execution. Representatives from various entities, including the UNDP and the United Kingdom, commended the Government’s commitment and direction in pursuing these changes. They expressed confidence in the robustness of the strategic framework and its potential to yield positive outcomes.

Acknowledging the need for international collaboration, the United Kingdom pledged its support for police modernization programs, accountability measures, and anti-corruption efforts within the police service. Moreover, they committed to aiding in the monitoring and evaluation of these reforms.

Key officials such as Dr. Salome Muhia-Beacco, Principal Secretary for Correctional Service, and Honorable Shadrack Mose, Solicitor-General, were present at the roundtable meeting, underscoring the comprehensive engagement and commitment to reform across various government agencies.