Police to get 20,000 new houses in modernisation plan

Police to get 20,000 new houses in modernisation plan

About 20,000 houses will be built for police officers across the country in the ongoing police modernisation process, police spokesman Charles Owino has said.

Speaking in Nakuru Town on Thursday during an inspection tour of the newly leased houses for police officers at Pinewood Apartments in Langalanga, Owino said the government is committed to improving the welfare of police officers in order to improve on service delivery.

The houses will be built through funding from the African Development Bank (ADB).

Owino added that the ongoing modernisation process touches on ICT improvement, housing, research and equipment.

He stated that Pinewood Apartments built at a cost of Sh800 million by Nakuru businessman Zakayo Maina would accommodate 80 police officers.

He pointed out that the idea to lease houses for police officers was driven by the need to improve the officers’ living conditions and ease the burden of maintaining police houses because they will now have individual responsibility over any destruction of the property.

The 80 units comprise of double and three bedroom houses complete with a hot water system.

A police post named “Pinewood Police Post”, an officers’ mess and supermarket have also been constructed within the apartments.

The spokesman said that houses previously occupied by the officers would be renovated as soon as the National Police Service acquires funds.

Nakuru OCPD Joshua Omokata who accompanied Owino said that police officers had been living in deplorable conditions, with some sharing a house among four officers.

He said the leasing of Pinewood Apartments would boost police officers’ morale in their day-to-day duties.

Businessman Zakayo Maina said that it had taken five years to built the houses adding that  quality of the houses was achieved due to good workmanship.

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