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FG moves to finalise National Intellectual Property Policy-NCC D-G


Dr John Asein, the Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), says the Federal Government is taking steps to finalise its National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy and Strategy for the country.

Asein disclosed this on Friday while commemorating the 2024 World Intellectual Property Day with the theme ‘IP and the SDGs: Building Our Common Future with Innovation and Creativity” in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Day is observed every April 26 to celebrate the importance of intellectual property (IP) rights to encourage innovation and creativity.

The director-general was represented by the Director of Legal, Mr Emeka Ogbonna.

NCC boss said the policy would serve as a blueprint for a more efficient modern and responsive legal and administrative framework for the country to leverage on its creative and innovative potential.

He said that the day underscored the power of innovation and creativity in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and shaping a sustainabl
e and inclusive future for humanity.

According to him, the SDGs represent a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by the year 2030.

‘IP rights play a pivotal role in fostering innovation, creativity, and technological advancements. They provide the framework that encourages men and women to develop new solutions that address global challenges.

‘It is the lynchpin for incentivising the use of creative and innovative ideas to solve many of the challenges that confront humanity.

‘This year’s World IP Day reminds us that intellectual property can be a powerful tool for social, economic, and environmental development.

‘It encourages individuals, businesses, and governments to leverage IP rights to drive innovation, create jobs, and build resilient communities.

‘By aligning our intellectual property policies and strategies with the objectives of the SDGs, we can accelerate their achievement,” NCC boss said.

He said in the spirit of the’Renewed Hope Agenda
” of the present administration, government had also shown appreciable commitment to the creative industry as a major sector of the economy.

‘As one of the agencies responsible for the wholesome development of the creative sector, the Nigerian Copyright Commission will continue to provide the needed institutional, legal and administrative support for the protection, promotion, regulation and enforcement of copyright.

‘The commission will pay particular attention to using the copyright system to advance Goal 1 (No poverty); Goal 4 (Quality education); Goal 5 (Gender equality).

‘And Goal 8 (Decent and economic growth); Goal 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and Goal 17 (Partnerships to achieve the goals).

‘We are aware that the goals would have to be adapted to fit the peculiar needs of intellectual property which is an intangible asset.”he added.

The director-general, who said that the commission focused on the 17 SDGs to address emerging challenges, called on authors, innovators, users, IP ex
perts and other stakeholders to reflect on the vulnerability of the nation’s fragile knowledge and creative ecosystem.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Over 100 Families Displaced By Mudslides In Narok South

Over 100 families were displaced by Mudslides that occurred in the belt of Maasai Mau Forest in Narok south Sub County due to the heavy rains being experienced countrywide.

Confirming the incident, Narok South Deputy County Commissioner, Felix Kisalu said that due to ongoing heavy rains around Maasai Mau Forest Belt there were multiple mudslides occurring.

He added that the mudslide has occurred in Esongoroi Village in Olashapani Location, displacing over 100 households, adding that there are no casualties.

He said that the affected families have been compelled to move to nearby safer grounds including churches, schools and other homesteads.

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Sauti SACCO Unveils Plan

Sauti Sacco cooperative society has embarked on a five-year strategic plan to realign with emerging technological challenges to cope with the market demands.

Sauti chairman Elly Ndwigah told the 47th annual delegates conference at a Nairobi hotel that the society had set an elaborate plan pegged on five strategic pillars to turn around the fortunes of the organization that was reeling with financial constraints.

He regretted that the chronic withdrawal of membership and non-remittance of deductions from employers that had been dogging the Sacco running into almost Sh 40 million has contributed membership apathy, even as number of new recruits continues to dwindle due to such fears.

He however assured delegates that going forward the Sacco planned to roll out an aggressive marketing campaign to woo new membership as envisioned the strategic plan that runs from 2024 to 2028.

‘The trend shows that our membership growth is negative 4 percent as opposed to the minimum target of 15 percent per year due to exit
from Sacco by members’, Ndwigah said.

He noted that despite the decline in membership, the Sacco registered a slight increase in total loans uptake of Sh103 million in the year 2023 compared to Sh95 million the previous year registering a 9 percent growth.

The chairman assured delegates that the society will improve in the implementation of the measures proposed in the strategic plan, which include introduction of collaterals as guarantees to loans in cases, where employees’ salaries were overstretched beyond the two third deduction limits.

Commissioner of Cooperative David Obonyo commended the Sacco for endorsing the strategic plan to address issues pertaining to recruitment and retention of members saying that cooperatives were meant to play a vital role in fostering economic development, social cohesion, and the poverty reduction.

He however challenged the society to ensure that the strategic plan addressed the aspirations of members and offered a comparative advantage compared to others in the market
observing that sacco movement had become a way of life.

Obonyo noted that for the society to achieve the 15 percent annual minimum m membership recruitment threshold, he advised the AGM to embrace digital technology, which were more appealing to the youthful population who make up the better bulk of potential members.

‘As a corporative movement, we must adapt and be innovative in order to remain relevant in this changing world. We have to embrace the pitch for technology,’ he added.

The Commissioner noted that Corporative provide an avenue for member success through access to affordable financial services for investment and related development prospects.

‘We must also recall the challenges that lie ahead, one being the global landscape that is evolving very rapidly, characterized by technological advancements, economic and environmental pressure,’ he said.

Obonyo stressed that the youthful membership was a critical component for the posterity of the SACCO because they were the most productive members of
the society and had the needed resources and energy to invest.

As a government, the Commissioner said, they remain committed to support the cooperative sector and that the Shared Department for Cooperatives will continue to provide policy guidance, capacity development and technical support that may strengthen cooperatives at all levels.

He commended the SACCO for wading through a myriad of challenges during their 52 years of service in which they made their invaluable contribution t national development.

‘As we reflect on the achievements of the past year and the chart of course for the going forward, let us reaffirm our commitment to cooperation, solidarity, mutual support, and mutual support. Together we can overcome’ the commissioner declared.

During the meeting, the delegates’ approved a dividend payout of Sh. 1, 502,864 at a rate of 15 percent and rebates on interest on deposits Sh 15,085,600million at a rate of 8 percent, up from last year’s figure of 7 percent.

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Eight Killed After Lorry Is Swept Away By Raging Waters

Eight people have died, while 14 others have been rescued after a lorry they were travelling in was swept away by raging waters along Sultan Hamud- Kasikeu road in Mukaa Sub county.

The midday incident occurred at Muatine Muswii River Friday, when the victims who were headed to Kasikeu market from Sultan Hamud and had been stranded there since morning decided to board the ill-fated lorry.

‘Last night it rained heavily and the river Muatine got flooded and many we’re stranded at the other side. A lorry came carrying ballast and passed, however when the second vehicle came, they boarded the lorry that was later on swept away by raging waters,’ said Fredrick Mwololo a resident of Sultan Hamud, who spoke to the media at the scene of the accident.

‘Members of the public should remain vigilant to avoid further loss of lives in the wake of the ongoing heavy rains in most parts of the country. People should avoid crossing flooded rivers,’ said Mukaa Sub County Police Commander Barnabas Ngeno while speaking to KNA
on phone.

However, Ngeno could not confirm the exact number of the people were on the lorry, but only noted that the search continues.

On his part, Makueni County Government Executive for Devolution Japheth Mang’oka thanked the members of the public, Kenya Red Cross and the County Disaster Committee for their prompt action following the tragic incident.

Mang’oka disclosed that the lorry still remains in the waters amid frantic efforts to establish if there were more other bodies trapped inside.

The bodies of the deceased were taken to Sultan Hamud Sub County Hospital mortuary for preservation awaiting autopsy.

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CS Nakhumicha Launches First Ever Blood Delivery Drones In Kisumu

The Ministry of Health has commissioned the Zipline plant to distribute blood products and vaccines to hospitals in Kisumu and Homa Bay Counties using drones.

Drones technology seeks to slash the delivery time of life-saving medical products to the remotest places from five hours to an average of 45 minutes, thus reducing maternal deaths and incidences of malaria-induced anaemia.

Health Cabinet Secretary Susan Nakhumicha speaking about the official launch of the service in Chemelil, Kisumu County, said the development marks a significant milestone in enhancing healthcare access and attaining Universal Health Coverage.

‘The launch of drone deliveries for blood and vaccines is a transformative moment for healthcare in Kenya.

This technology has the potential to revolutionize access to critical medical supplies, particularly in remote areas, and significantly reduce malaria burden,’ she said.

Transporting blood and blood products to where they are required faces considerable hurdles because of intricate sup
ply chains, short shelf life and fluctuating demand. The initiative seeks to address these challenges.

Zipline adopts a centralized stock approach and implements on-demand delivery meaning that health facilities need not store blood resulting in less waste as blood spoils quickly.

The firm has partnered with the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services and the Kisumu Regional Blood Transfusion Center to stock and deliver the product quickly and efficiently.

Miki Sofer, Zipline Vice President of Health Partnerships said the project targets serving health facilities in Kisumu and Homa Bay counties in phase one before gradually rolling out the services to the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB).

‘We are here to celebrate one of the many milestones coming from our partnership with the County Government of Kisumu to reach the unreachable and enable healthcare access. This development coincides with the World Malaria Day celebrations, as we have launched the delivery of life-saving blood and vaccines that are cri
tical to curbing the effects of severe malaria,’ Sofer said.

The National Vaccines and Immunization Program (NVIP) approved the distribution of vaccines as well as malaria tests and treatment kits, which underscores the importance of leveraging technology in curbing malaria mortality rates in the LREB region.

In a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy Dr. Mathews Owili, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said, ‘As we strive towards Universal Health Coverage, the government must enter strategic partnerships to ensure that health building blocks and innovative solutions and logistics management of medical supplies will play a vital role. I commend our partnership with Zipline, which has already made over 6,300 deliveries of life-saving commodities since its inception in February 2023.’

Zipline, a US-based company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Kisumu County to establish its regional distribution hub in the lakeside county in February 2023.

Since its inception, it has successfully made over 6,300 co
mmercial deliveries of life-saving medical supplies to over 400 health facilities.

The deliveries to these health facilities have included medicines such as oxytocin – a drug used to control bleeding during childbirth, snake antivenom and anti-rabies vials used in emergency cases of snake and dog bites respectively.

Further, Kisumu County Livestock Department relies on Zipline drones to deliver livestock semen to veterinarians in distant places for use in artificial insemination to facilitate farmers’ access to improved breeds and boost animal production.

In Africa, Zipline also operates in Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, Cote D’Ivoire and Tanzania.

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Shortage Of Supplies Looms In Garissa Due To Paralyzed Transport

Garissa residents are facing imminent supply shortages which is likely to increase prices of basic commodities following closure of the Garissa – Madogo highway as a result of flooding caused by the ongoing rains.

Since Friday evening, transport along the four – kilometre stretch has been paralyzed making it impossible for people and vehicles to enter or exit Garissa town to Nairobi.

Being the gateway to the larger North eastern region, all travellers to Wajir and Mandera through this route are also stranded at Madogo town.

This is the third time that this road stretch has hampered movement is the area since the road was destroyed by El Nino rains in December last year.

The affected areas are the Tana River bridge surroundings, Mororo and Kona Punda, where temporary diversions had been set awaiting full repairs.

The Kenya National Highway Authority through its social media sites has already announced the closure of the road and warned the citizens to be cautious and wait for the waters to subside before
making crossing attempts.

‘KeNHA wishes to inform the public that the road section between Garissa and Madogo is CLOSED to all road users until the water levels subside to safe levels and restoration works on damaged sections completed,’ a statement from the roads agency on social media handles read.

Garissa county Commissioner Mohamed Mwabudzo has called on the motorists and pedestrians to avoid crossing through flood waters and at the same time called on those living along River Tana to move to higher grounds.

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FOPPS Sacco Enters Into Contract With Co-Op Bank On Last Expense Policy Cover

Former Public and Private Sector Staff have entered into a contract with Cooperative Bank of Kenya as the last expense provider for the SACCO members.

In a speech during the Fopps SACCO Annual General Meeting at ACK Guest House in Amagoro, National Chairman and founder Ben Akwara said the last expense policy cover of Ksh150,000, which they entered into contract with Cooperative Bank invites an annual premium of Ksh6,600 from both parties remittable in full and covers up to 10 beneficiaries.

However, Akwara disclosed that a total of 3.4 billion had been disbursed to members as loans as at Sh2.9m in 2022, noting that although loan uptake had gradually increased, over time, recovery has been rather sluggish.

‘I therefore urge borrowers to consistently service their loans in order to allow other members to borrow. I propose that each loanee be levied Sh200 per loan starting June 2024 for us to carter for the annual loan policy.

On investment savings, the management team is in the process of reviewing the inve
stment policy and introducing new changes at this trading arm of SACCO more profitable in future, adding that as at 31st December, 2023, the investment saving account treasured at Ksh.1.5m. Contributions to this account had grown from 72 in 2002 to 76 in 2023.

He added: ‘ Our total share capital as at 31st December 2023 had grown to Ksh1.07m, up from Ksh812,000, while the SACCO realized a net income of 30,374 less 20% statutory reserves of Ksh6073, leaving the SACCO with Sh24,299.

Key achievements the SACCO realized being granted a borrowing power of Ksh870,000 from Commissioner of Cooperatives, access an external loan facility of Ksh870,000 from Kusco, which is being used to loan to members.

Other achievements include sourcing for spacious office at the Amagoro ACK Guest House grounds, recruitment of 90 SACCO members, and who have added a significant contribution to SACCO capitation.

Malaba Cooperative Bank Manager Obed Mogaka concurred with Akwara that there is need by members to service their loans to
pay the loans or members’ funds.

‘Coop Bank started as SACCO before it transitioned to a bank,’ he said, noting that Co-op Bank is a bank of saccos. We have what it takes to transform FOPPS to be a giant,’ he said.

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FKE Calls For Enhanced Infrastructure In Coast Region

The Federation of Kenya Employers has advocated for sustainable solutions that enhance connectivity, promote economic growth and improve the overall resilience of the Coast region’s infrastructure network.

Speaking at the 63rd Annual General Meeting held at Nyali Reef Hotel, The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jacqueline Mugo said that the Federation has been actively monitoring the infrastructure challenges plaguing the region, with particular attention to the industrial hub of Mombasa and its critical road connections to the northern and western parts of the Country.

Mugo highlighted that these vital routes not only facilitate the flow of goods and services but also serve as lifelines for businesses, industries, and communities across the region.

Mugo said that the annual general meeting brings together employers from the Coast Region to transact normal business, review the development in the labor sector, and also look at the state of companies in the region and areas that need to be foc
used on.

‘The deteriorating road conditions have resulted in severe traffic congestion, leading to substantial losses for business, additionally, the wear and tear on vehicles coupled with high maintenance costs are further burdens on the business community,’ Mugo said.

Mugo said that the Federation recognizes the commendable efforts undertaken to tackle certain infrastructure challenges, it remains apparent that the strides made thus far are yet to align entirely with the expectations of the business community.

‘FKE emphasizes the critical importance of efficient and well-maintained infrastructure for economic growth and business operations. We urge relevant authorities to prioritize infrastructure development and maintenance to alleviate these pressing concerns and support the region’s economic activity,’ she said.

Mugo acknowledged that the prices of inputs and purchase prices have decreased in quarter one, but it is hardly felt on the ground regarding the cost of doing business.

‘We appreciate that t
he positive weather conditions, the rain have boosted food production in agriculture. In some sectors we have seen some sales going up but by and large the unemployment situation remains a matter of concern in the country,’ she said.

The CEO said that the Agriculture sector has experienced a surge in demand (39.6 percent), production (24.7 percent), and sales (33.6 percent).

Mugo urged employers in the region to improve the business environment, address regulatory hurdles, enhance access to credit and markets for businesses of all sizes, and foster an environment conducive to entrepreneurship and innovation.

She noted that these measures are crucial in unlocking the full potential of the economy and ensuring that the growth translates into tangible improvements in the quality of life for all Kenyans.

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TVETs Team Up To Rehabilitate Degraded Water Towers

Students from technical institutions in Mount Kenya Region have teamed up with Kenya Forest Service (KFS) to rehabilitate degraded water towers through an afforestation programme.

The students plan to plant 350,000 tree seedlings this year, having commenced the initiative at Tumutumu Hills in Nyeri County, where they have so far planted more than 20,000 trees.

Some of the hills targeted in this restoration campaign have been degraded over the years due to invasion by charcoal burners and illegal harvesting of trees for wood fuel and timber.

One of hills targeted in the restoration initiative is Lusoi Hills in Laikipia County that was once a wildlife habitat with numerous water springs, but which was degraded and left bare following invasion by residents of the neighbouring Solio Settlement Scheme.

Conservationists have managed to plant 450,000 trees in the last five years in an initiative conducted by the local Community Forest Association but most parts of the 700-acre hill, once a dense forest, remains
bare.

The students plan to plant 30,000 indigenous trees in an effort to revert it to its original status of being a water tower and turn it into a wildlife conservation site once again.

Mt Kenya Environment champion Edith Karwitha, a tutor who is leading the students in this initiative said they have targeted five water towers in the region for rehabilitation.

‘The purpose of this exercise is to create awareness about environmental conservation since with climate change we need to be proactive for the future generation,’ said Karwitha.

KFS Director in charge of Laikipia Paul Ng’ang’a said there are nine Government Tree nurseries and asked institutions and individuals to get the seedlings free of charge to help in increasing the forest cover from the current 10 percent to 30 percent by 2032.

‘We have a long way to go aiming at achieving our target of 30 percent by 2032 and we have to team up with stakeholders. If we continue planting trees we will reach our goal,” said the Conservator, adding that in La
ikipia county, the government is expected to plant 37 million seedlings annually.

Laikipia Deputy County Commissioner Joshua Marete who participated in the two-hour tree planting exercise up the hill said the function had officially kicked off tree planting campaigns in the county and asked each individual to plant at least ten tree seedlings during the current rainy season.

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Kamung’ei FC Wins Wakili Cup Tournament

Kamung’ei Football Club (FC) from Sotik Sub County has won the much contested first edition of Wakili tournament beating Mogoywet Snippers 3 goals against 2 in penalty shootout.

Kamung’ei staged a strong defense against the Snippers who were largely more aggressive and had a significant percentage in ball possession.

The two teams did not manage any goal during the normal time forcing the referee to add 30 minutes extra time, resulting to no fruitful goals.

The tournament, which commenced on 10th December, 2023 at Ngererit, Mogogosiek, Bomet Central, brought together about 437 teams drawn from the five sub counties in Bomet.

The competition, which was initiated by Bomet Senator Wakili Hillary Sigei was aimed at identifying and nurturing talents among the youths.

The tournament attracted over 30 000 fans filling Bomet IAAF stadium to the brim, while also attracting guests including local political leaders led by Bomet Deputy Governor Shadrach Rotich and other regional leaders including Senate Majority lea
der Aaron Cheruiyot among other leaders.

Mogoywet Snippers managed Sh 700 000 after losing out in the penalty shootout, while Kapsimbirir FC came in the third position grabbing Sh250 000 after beating their neighbors Chpkolon FC two goals to one in normal time.

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Cisco Launches Its First Cyber Security Technology Experience Centre In Africa

Global technology company Cisco has launched its first Cybersecurity Technology Experience Centre in the continent at the University of Nairobi.

The centre, which has been set up in collaboration with ICT Authority (ICTA) and the University of Nairobi is part of Cisco’s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) global programme collaborates with government and private sector leaders to build sustainable, secure, and inclusive communities powered by ethical and innovative technology solutions. With more than 1,600 active or completed projects in 50 countries, it is creating new value for participating countries, their industries, and their residents.

Speaking during the official launch at the Chiromo Campus that was attended by Cisco Executive Vice President and Chief People, Policy and Purpose Officer, Francine Katsoudas and THE University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor Prof. Stephen Kiama, ICT and The Digital Economy Principal Secretary Eng. John Tanui noted that the Centre will offer Cyber Security Training, help bu
ild strategic in-country Cyber Security capabilities and expertise leveraging Cisco Networking academy.

‘Cisco is launching its first Cyber Security Technology Experience Centre on the African continent. This is designed to serve as a hub for Cyber Security Training and a showcase of state-of-the-art cyber security solutions,’ said Eng. Tanui.

The PS stated that the Centre will leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Virtual Reality (VR) tools to deliver a cyber security awareness experience to government officials and the Industry across the continent.

‘The centre will showcase the latest cyber security threat intelligence solutions, support government with cyber security architecture, use cases, validated designs and knowledge necessary to detect, prevent and respond to Cyber threats effectively,

Furthermore, Cisco’s involvement in Kenya’s digital transformation journey extends beyond mere partnership; it embodies a shared commitment to advancing our strategic priorities and realizing our vision for a
digitally inclusive and prosperous nation,’ he added.

Eng. Tanui pointed out that by aligning our goals and leveraging Cisco’s global footprint and technological prowess, Kenya can accelerate our progress towards key objectives such as enhancing connectivity, promoting digital literacy and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across all industry where all companies are now a Tech company be it Agritech, Fintech, MedTech.

‘We applaud you for what you have achieved here today. Let us continue to work hand in-hand, leveraging each other’s strengths and expertise, to build a brighter and more prosperous future for our nation, ‘ he added.

‘AI is increasing the pace of change in our work and our lives, as well as the risks we face from cyber-attacks. It’s more important than ever to ensure that communities are connected and have the skills to participate and respond to threats,’ said Katsoudas.

‘This partnership between CDA and Cisco Networking Academy allows us to equip more people with the skills needed
for the future and strengthen the country’s cyber defences. We look forward to working with ICTA on advancing the goals they’ve set in Kenya’s Development Plan.

Protecting citizens against cybercrime requires collaboration. Cisco and ICTA invite government, educational institutions, private sector organisations and entities committed to Kenya’s cyber security infrastructure and digital transformation to engage in this landmark initiative,’ said Shain Rahim, Country Leader for Cisco Kenya.

‘We believe we can make an important and tangible difference in the industry and help accelerate the country’s digital transformation,’ he said.

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) documented an unprecedented surge in cyber-attacks in 2023. At the same time, countries around the globe, including Kenya, are facing a major skills gap.

According to the latest Cisco Cyber security Readiness Index, 86 percent of organizations globally are impacted by a shortage of cyber security talent.

The CDA programme in Kenya was
founded in 2023 and works hand-in-hand with Cisco’s Networking Academy, which has been active in Kenya for more than 20 years, training over 130,000 learners in networking, cyber security, programming and other digital skills.

Aligned to Cisco’s commitment to power an inclusive future for all, the CDA and Networking Academy programmes empower communities worldwide through technology and education.

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Constitutional Implementation Committee Advocates For Better Police Welfare

The Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee members have underscored the urgency for prompt action to probe and solve the confusion caused by the overlapping of duties between the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chair and the Commission as a whole, particularly concerning the functions performed by inspector General (IG) and the ex-officio members of the NPSC.

They also expressed their deep concerns about the rise in reported fatalities among police officers due to depression, instances of inter-officer violence, incidents of suicide, and the confusion caused by the overlapping of duties.

Speaking at a retreat held at Pride Inn Shanzu, the Chairperson of the committee, Gathoni Wamuchomba said that the retreat was set to deal with matters that have been pending concerning the implementation of the constitution by the National Police Service Commission.

Being an independent commission, she noted that their mandate is to oversee the operations of the National Police Service and ensure the
constitution is aligned with its mandate to serve the public of Kenya.

‘We have received several letters from the NPSC full of lamentations on matters related to the infringement of their rights and of great concern is the conflict of overlap of duties between the NPSC Chair and the Commission in totality in respect to the work that Is being done by the Inspector General (IG) and the ex-official members of the NPSC,’ she said.

‘There is a growing concern about a significant number of police officers resorting to substance use as a coping mechanism to contend with life challenges which is attributed to mounting frustrations and depression stemming from various sources,’ Wamuchomba noted.

She emphasized that it is important to have a dialogue to look into this matter and find solutions because the Police are a vital body in the country.

Wamuchomba mentioned that there had been a previous retreat held in Nairobi, during which, after extensive deliberation and discussion, it was collectively acknowledged that
the issues to be addressed were weighty and warranted a two-day retreat. However, she observed that members of the NPSC failed to attend the retreat.

She remarked that the presence of the Inspector General or his deputies would have been greatly appreciated as a positive gesture and a symbol of optimism for fruitful discussions aimed at addressing the welfare of police officers.

The vice Chair of the Committee, Gitonga Mukunji, who is also a Member of Parliament Manyatta Constituency said that the IG had committed to attend the two-day retreat.

Mukunji expressed disappointment over the inability to engage in a constructive dialogue to seek solutions, particularly regarding security issues and the functioning of security organs.

‘We urge the IG to abide by the law and meet with us so that we can find a way to resolve matters affecting the members and the functioning of the National Police Service Commission,’ Mukunji said.

It was noted that the Cabinet Secretary for Interior, Prof. Kithure Kindiki appeare
d at the previous Committee meeting, provided clarifications on various matters of concern, and authorized the committee to extend an invitation to the IG for further clarification regarding the existing confusion within their commission.

The Committee extended another invite to the NPSC particularly the IG so that they can have a dialogue and find solutions.

Source: Kenya News Agency