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Uhuru’s surprise night visit to police stations, NMS projects

By Zadock Angira
Monday, August 10th, 2020
President Uhuru Kenyatta, NMS Director Mohammed Badi and other government officials in a night tour of the Michuki Memorial Park last month. Photo/PD/Samuel Kariuki
In summary

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday night made surprise visits to Kilimani and Central Police stations to assess the progress on the police digital Occurrence Book (OB).

The visits, an indication that the digital OB train was about to leave the station, follows several directives to the officers to embrace the new technology or risk being rendered irrelevant.

On August 2, the Inspector General of Police told officers to quickly adopt and understand the operations of the digital OB.  

“Any officer can be picked randomly to demonstrate how one can make a report. And it will be too bad if you cannot,” he warned.

The Deputy Inspector General Edward Mbugua also said the officers had no choice but to embrace the new technology.

“You have no excuse. I think I am the oldest officer but I already understand how this works,” he said.

The following day, the Interior CS Fred Matiangi warned that by failing to embrace the digital OB, officers would give the headquarters reasons to remove them from the service.

On Saturday, the President made the surprise visit to the stations to check the progress.

At Kilimani, the officer manning the report office demonstrated to the President how reports are made.

Before he left the station, the President wrote: “Visit to Kilimani to view progress with the new OB. Well done.

Keep it up.” President Uhuru spent a better part of Saturday night inspecting projects in the city accompanied by Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) officials led by Director General Major-General Mohamed Badi.

He first visited Kenyatta Avenue where sidewalks are being constructed before driving away. He was driving in a police car and even visited Kirinyaga Road.

He later drove along Thika Road, Outering and Jogoo Roads where he inspected other projects along the way.