President Uhuru Kenyatta has been dealt a major blow after activist Okiyu Omtatah moved to court to quash his move on police reforms.

According to Omtatah, the president’s move to implement the reforms amounts to irregular, unlawful and unconstitutional changes. The activist is seeking the implementation of the reforms to be suspended.

Omtatah also wants the court to issue a temporary order barring the government from putting into effect changes that were announced by the head of state.

National police reforms

On Thursday, the President launched a new police uniform for the Kenyan police service.

Speaking during the National Security conference, when he launched the policy framework and strategy on recognition of the Kenya National Police Service (NPS), the President said 24,572 Administration Police Service officers will join 39,680 Kenya Police Service and jointly form General Duty Police.

The Head of State announced other police reforms which he said were meant to improve the morale of the men and women in uniform.

"These reforms are aimed at making the police a service that is respected rather than a force that is feared," he added.

At the same time, President Kenyatta abolished 12 positions in the National Police Service .

“All police wards posts and out-posts formerly under the administration police service shall fall under the General Duty police. Those who thought that AP cannot take you to court you will see it take effect,” he said.