Families blocked from attending police graduation over terror threats
The government has formulated a raft of measures, including enhanced checks and restricted access to some vital installations across the country, following heightened threats of terror attack.
National Police Service College Embakasi ‘A’ Campus (Administration Police) and ‘B’ Campus (General Service Unit) yesterday issued orders that, will for the first time in history, ensure no relatives or members of the public attend the graduation ceremonies. AP officers are expected to graduate on Monday next week and the police headquarters has directed that there will be no invitation of civilians, family or friends.
The directive seen by People Daily, all officers who intend to attend the function must also be in full uniform.
“Staff and other officials, who would wish to attend must wear their respective working dress,” the directive.
“This order is among measures put in place to enhance security in the light of prevailing threats of terrorist attack to both National Police College Embakasi ‘A’ and ‘B’ campuses,” the directive.
The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai yesterday visited the colleges as the Chief Guest to review the parade ahead of the pass out on November 29.
“No visitor will be allowed in the college on the eve of passing out. This order takes effect from Wednesday when the Inspector General of Police will be the Chief Guest reviewing the parade and will remain in force,” directive added.
All commanders have been warned that failure to comply with this order will attract severe disciplinary action. On Thursday last week, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i warned Kenyans to brace themselves for more security checks within vital facilities, as the government heightens security across the country.
Matiang’i (pictured) cautioned that despite the re-arrest of Musharaf Abdalla Akhulunga, Mohamed Ali Abikar and Joseph Juma Odhiambo who escaped from Kamiti Maximum Prison, the country was yet to get out of the woods.
“We are not out of the woods yet; I need to caution the public that we are in an unusual space because of what is happening around us. Please let us be very careful and watchful. This is the time to maintain a lot of care in what we do,” the CS said.