Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i said that all police officers who have served in one station for more than four years will be transferred,
The CS said the redeployment, scheduled to begin next month, will affect junior and senior officers and will also be aimed at delocalising police stations.
Matiang’i said the National Police Commission will introduce delocalisation policy where police officers will not be allowed to serve in their home counties.
“We are going to look into the list and make sure that if you come from Nyamira, you will be deployed in Kwale or Garissa. This will help in improving our security,” he said.
Hunting down killer gang
He was speaking in Kakamega County when he visited the troubled Matungu sub-county, following the recent wave of killings that claimed 20 lives in two months.
CS Matiang'i said that the government had deployed General Service Unit (GSU) officers to hunt down killer gangs in Matungu sub-county adding that the operation would continue until all the suspects are arrested.
The Interior CS asked residents to prepare for a major operation targeting the gangs who have been raiding homes at night.
Order to surrender
He disclosed that a key suspect believed to have been coordinating the killings from Kawangware, Nairobi has been arrested.
“If you are part of this gang surrender to the police within 14 days,” Matiang’i said adding that preliminary investigations indicated that senior politicians were sponsoring the gangs.
The CS was accompanied by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai, MPs Justus Murunga (Matungu) Ben Washiali (Mumias East) and Justus Kizito (Shinyalu).
The leaders blamed the local police officers for laxity in combating the crime that has escalated to various parts of the county.