Matiang’i laughs off initiative by Ruto allied leaders of collecting opinion from police officers on how to improve their welfare.
The Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has dismissed the exercise by Kenya Kwanza leaders of collecting opinion from police officers on how to improve their welfare once they take power.
During a public forum in Embu last week, the Kenya Kwanza brigade led by Deputy President William Ruto said they were collecting views from the public on how they want their welfare improved.
Rigathi Gachagua, Ruto’s running mate in the August election asked the police to volunteer their views.
“DP Ruto is unhappy with the frustrations and helplessness our officers are going through and he has tasked us to collect opinions from them on how they want it addressed,” Gachagua said.
“CS Fred Matiangi, who was given the job of taking care of police is busy politicking, we understand the last time their challenges were addressed was during the tenure of former President Mwai Kibaki.”
Matiang’i laughs off Ruto’s initiative
However, the interior CS laughed off the exercise claiming the leaders in the outfit know nothing about the security sector.
According to Matiang’i, his leadership in the sector has resulted in reforms that have increased efficiency, reduced crime, and enhanced officer welfare.
“They know absolutely nothing about security. Some of them were the ones selling air to the police and bullets at $900 yet they should go for much less. If they were still in charge, we’d have not made the progress we’ve made,” the CS said.
“In fact, I sit with some of them in the national security council and they have never said a word about police. Ignore these jokers.”
Matiang’i spoke during a meeting with private sector players on election preparedness.