• Acknowledging that the county and the state had cordial relations, Omollo said the move to launch the NPR was aimed at enhancing security coverage of Mara Reserve.
• “Any cases of indiscipline, misuse or abuse of firearms issued today will be met by the full force of the law. I think this is important. It needs to sink in,” he said.
Interior PS Raymond Omollo has warned against the misuse of the Narok County National Police Reservists.
Acknowledging the cordial relations between the county and the state, Omollo said the move to launch the NPR was aimed at enhancing security coverage of Mara Reserve.
Omollo spoke on Thursday during the commissioning of the 592 NPR officers at Keekorok lodge, Maasai Mara National Reserve.
“Any cases of indiscipline, misuse or abuse of firearms issued today will be met by the full force of the law. I think this is important. It needs to sink in,” he said.
“In addition, the NPR will not be a tool to use by misguided quotas to settle differences be they personal or political.”
The PS said the national government was committed to ensuring that they treat the Narok NPRs the same way they treat any other reservists in the country.
Omollo said Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu had made the call to convert county rangers to NPR.
He called upon the county residents to embrace the relationship between the national and county governments as they work to ensure peace and security across Narok.
“The starting point is for all of us here to be peace crusaders and indeed if we observe the rule of law, support and respect the institutions charged with managing our day-to-day security, we will surely have a peace and forward-looking county in terms of socio-economic development,” he added
Further noting that the rangers had limitations in training and equipment, the PS said the NPRs had undergone vigorous training in the GSU Training College in Embakasi, KWS Academy in Manyani and other military schools.
They had also been equipped with improved modern firearms.
Omollo reiterated that the graduate NPR officers were well-qualified and dedicated to working anywhere within the county.
The tourism PS John Ololtua was present, alongside other state officials.