President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday unveiled the new uniform for police officers and Kenyans across the board agreed on one thing, they look awful.
The royal blue uniforms were part of the far reaching changes in the police service which the president announced at the Kenya School of Government
President Kenyatta said the new uniform would enhance the visibility for the police officers.
Other changes announced by the president touch on the command, housing and training in Administration Police, Kenya Police and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
The reforms include integration of functions, rebranding, renaming and scrapping of some positions.
However, a cross section of Kenyans on social media took issue with the design and colour of the new uniform.
Hon Lee Makwiny tweeted: “Whoever designed this uniform should rot in Kamiti.”
Solomon Karori wrote: “Woi! Woi! Woi! Very ugly, just like girl guides. Pooh!”
“He has unveiled corruption. Now someone will supply those uniforms and materials and over paid,” Ndungu Pato tweeted.
But there those who, like former Ikolomani MP Boni Kalwale, hailed the president for new uniform.
“Congratulations President Uhuru Kenyatta and IG Boinett for this new Kenya Police uniform. It is cool. Hope the officers will wear it with a new attitude in law enforcement,” he tweeted.
Here are more tweets:
This new #NSCKE2018 @PoliceKE UNIFORM that President Uhuru Kenyatta brought with him from CHINA is ugly , even the cops wearing the rags are embarrassed they can’t face the CAMERA. ??
At least it has 2 large SUPER pockets for the Traffic bribes pic.twitter.com/RfEyEhtqd2
— Johnny NJ (@kenyanboyc) September 13, 2018
13:04 i just hope the new Kenya police uniforms hazima mifuko………. via @johnmaina_KE
— Ma3Route (@Ma3Route) September 13, 2018
I believe it’s purely just a coincidence that at the same time that the Government was talking of introducing the same school uniform for all students, they were also planning to introduce new police uniform…#NSCKE2018 pic.twitter.com/C3j1vCxArO
— K͏i͏i͏g͏e͏n͏ K. K͏o͏e͏c͏h͏ (@KiigenKoech) September 13, 2018
President Uhuru Kenyatta launches the Kenya Police Away Jersey. Says the Home Kit was jinxed in the fight against corruption. Omen.
— Gabriel Oguda (@gabrieloguda) September 13, 2018
The new Kenya Police uniform is actually very ugly. Ama ni mimi tu?
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) September 13, 2018
— Kinyua Abala (@AbalaKinyua) September 13, 2018
Report by: Chad Kitundu, Vivere Nandiemo and Nyaboga Kiage