Maraga team to present much-awaited report on police reforms

The task force was gazetted in December 21, 2022 and had 90 days in office.

In Summary
  • Ruto extended its mandate by another 60 days on March 3.
  • This, he said, was to include the matters of National Youth Service (NYS).
Former hief Justice David Maraga during a past event.
Former hief Justice David Maraga during a past event.
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The much awaited report from the Presidential Taskforce on police reforms is set to be unveiled this week.

Former Chief Justice David Maraga who chaired the Taskforce is scheduled to present the report to President William Ruto Wednesday following the conclusion of its mandate.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure who disclosed this during a meeting with the members of a parliamentary committee said they are committed to fully implementing the recommendations in the report.

“The report is ready and it will be handed over to the president on Wednesday,” Kindiki said.

The Taskforce was gazetted on December 21, 2022, and had 90 days to seal the existing gaps within the operations of the police and prison services.

It was expected to identify the legal, policy, administrative, institutional and operational constraints on effective service delivery by the National Police Service (NPS) and the Kenya Prisons Service (KPS), and review and recommend improvement of the terms and conditions of service.

The working party was also tasked with looking into ways of ensuring the better working conditions of security personnel.

Ruto, however, extended its mandate by another 60 days on March 3 when he presided over the passout of National Youth Service (NYS) graduates.

This, he said, was to accommodate matters of the service.

Police have been waiting with bated breath for the launch of the report with remuneration being a key concern to the over 100, 000 uniformed members.

The formation of the Taskforce was in fulfillment of a campaign pledge by Kenya Kwanza that assured the members of a review of their pay and working conditions.

NPS currently has 106,830 members, of which 89,373 are male and 17,457 female while the Prison service has 31, 227 officers where 23,878 are male and 7,359 being of the opposite gender.

The launch of the report will be barely a month after the conclusion of a job evaluation process that saw police get a pay rise of between Sh1,255 to Sh9,439 depending on the ranks and years in service.

Various stakeholders submitted their proposals to the team that also visited the 47 counties to collect the views.

Maraga is deputized by Carole Kariuki in the task force that comprises a total of 20 members.

Former Principal Administrative Secretary Moffat Kangi, John Ole Moyaki, Ibrahim Jillo Guyo, Richard Kirundi, Elizabeth Mueni and Roseline Odede are also part of the team.

Others include; Joash Odhiambo Dache, Doreen Muthaura, Albert Mwenda, Terry Chebet Maina, Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, Capt. (Rtd.) Simiyu Werunga, Mutuma Ruteere , Anne Ireri, Stephen Kayongo, Jafaar Mohamed, Sammy Chepkwony and Khadija Mire.

Omwanza Ombati, Joy Mdivo Masinde, Rosemary Kamau will serve as joint secretaries of the task force.

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