Security bosses to work during festivities, call for vigilance
For top security chiefs Christmas won’t come until early January. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i, his Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti have all confirmed they will be on standby during the festivities.
Mutyambai yesterday said due to exigencies of service, he had suspended leave for all the police officers until further notice while those on leave were directed to report back to work immediately.
“We have deployed adequately this festive season and I can assure Kenyans that their security is guaranteed. We are all on duty until the New Year,” he said.
“I would, however, urge Kenyans to be alert wherever they are. Those who travel should ensure that they have made necessary arrangements to ensure that houses are not broken into. Motorists should also exercise a lot of caution on our roads,” he added.
Kinoti, while addressing a press conference yesterday, said his in-tray was full and that he will be working this holiday.
“There is so much work to be done before January. There are so many cases that we need to deal with before the year ends. We are not resting,” he said.
Interior CS Matiang’i is, however, currently out of the country.
The officers and officials will be forced to juggle work and spending time with their families. They are, however, expected to proceed on leave at a later date after the festivities.
Already, police have heightened operations across the country, especially in the Coast, North Eastern and Nairobi regions due to heightened terror alerts and fears that criminals may stage attacks during this period.
The police headquarters also said yesterday that officers from the National Police Airwing will be on guard and patrolling the country to give air support to officers on the ground.
“The unit will help in monitoring the traffic situation along our major highways for prompt intervention where needed,” Airwing director Rogers Mbithi said.
“We will adjust and see if we can squeeze time to spend with our immediate and extended families,” another senior officer said.