Years it will take for all police to have new uniform - Charles Owino

The uniforms are being made locally

Police officers in the new Persian blue police uniform during it's unveiling (Twitter)

Police spokesman Charles Owino on Friday revealed that the new Persian blue police uniforms will take longer be rolled out to all 60,000 general duty officers.

Owino insisted that there is no cause for alarm even as the uniforms are all being made locally by the National Youth Service (NYS).

The spokesman further explained that the police officers will have one set of the uniform in the next 12 months before they are supplied with the full kit in the next 2 years.

Fabric Shortage

All police officers were initially meant to have received the uniforms before Jamhuri Day 2018 but an alleged fabric shortage that hindered production.

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i alleged that the shortage was the making of a few political figures who had wanted to import the uniforms and supply it so as to benefit from the process.

Dr Matiang'i sternly warned that the government would not be cowed into compliance by the greedy cartels.

"We will not import police uniform. We have to promote the local industry.

"This monkey business that has been happening in some corner should stop. It is outrageous for someone to say that we don't have materials in Kenya," the CS warned.

The uniforms have, however, been supplied to a number of high ranking police bosses including Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, the spokesman and a few county commanders.

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