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The Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, has recalled all police officers who are currently on leave.
Through a notice issued on Friday, November 12, Mutyambai also directed all officers who had taken days off to resume duties before November 15.
The order followed President Uhuru Kenyatta's directive to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to heighten surveillance across the country in the wake of attacks from within and outside the nation.IG Hillary Mutyambai (right) and his deputy Edward Mbugua (centre) on a helicopter.Capital Group
In his order, Mutyambai noted that the country is facing a security threat owing to the escalating political intolerance in the country as well as the ongoing civil uprisings in the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia and Somalia.
Mutyambai, in effecting the President's directive, is working to ensure even distribution of police officers in areas that have been mapped as in need of immediate security enhancement.
On Friday, the President asked the institutions charged with internal security to ensure that the current situation in contained before it gets out of hand.
"President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed internal security institutions to heighten vigilance across the country following the unfolding security situation in the region," stated State House Spokesperson, Kanze Dena Mararo.
The President issued the directive after chairing the National Security Council meeting that was attended by IG Mutyambai, Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, Foreign Affairs CS Raychelle Awuor Omamo, Interior's Fred Matiang'i, Kenya Defense Forces boss and the Director of National Intelligence Service.
Uhuru's directive also followed an announcement by the United States Department of State confirming that the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, will travel to the country.
“Secretary Blinken will begin his trip in Nairobi, where he will meet with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Amb Raychelle Omamo, affirming our strategic partnership with Kenya," the statement read in part.
"The Secretary and representatives of the Kenyan government will discuss our shared interests as members of the UN Security Council, including addressing regional security issues such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan.”
To ensure political figures tore the line, Matiang'i has also vowed to tackle those inciting chaos. Interior Ministry Principal Secretary, Karanja Kibicho, ordered all County Commissioners and police commanders to effect the directive in a bid to curb the escalating political intolerance in the country ahead of the 2022 polls.
He maintained that his department will pay close attention to those sponsoring political chaos in different places.PS Karanja Kibicho During A Charity Walk Event in Mwea on Saturday, October 30Karanja Kibicho Twitter Page
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