Police officers with the new uniform during the National Policing conference at the Kenya School of Government on September 13, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGOPolice officers with the new uniform during the National Policing conference at the Kenya School of Government on September 13, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO
By NAIROBI NEWS REPORTER

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).

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President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i (left), Inspector General Joseph Boinnet (right) pose for a picture after addressing the National Policing conference at the Kenya School of Government on September 13, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

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!”

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Police officers with the new uniform during the National Policing conference at the Kenya School of Government on September 13, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

“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.

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Report by: Chad Kitundu, Vivere Nandiemo and Nyaboga Kiage


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