Kenya: Treasury Appoints IG as Accounting Officer for NPS

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Nairobi – The Treasury has appointed the Inspector General of Police as the National Police Service (NPS) Accounting Officer as directed by President William Ruto after his swearing in on Monday.

This means that the entire NPS budget will be managed by the Office of the Inspector General of Police.

“The Treasury has already written to the IG pursuant to the president’s directive,” a senior State House official said, “the IG is now the accounting officer for the police department.”

Initially, the NPS budget was controlled by the Office of the President, with the Principal Secretary of the Interior acting as accounting officer.

In his first address to the nation as head of state, Ruto said the constitution provides for the IG to exercise independent command over the NPS.

However, the head of state said the operational autonomy of the IG office has been undermined by what he described as the continued financial dependence on the president’s office.

“In speaking to you, I have instructed that the texts conferring financial autonomy on the National Police by transferring their budget from the Office of the present and designating the Inspector General as accountant be deposited on my desk for signature this afternoon. noon,” President Ruto said Monday.

The Head of State stressed that the financial independence of the police will give impetus to the fight against corruption and put an end to the political weaponization of the criminal justice system in the country.

Five months ago, on April 7, the Treasury announced that it had allocated a total of 317.8 billion shillings of the 3.3 trillion shillings proposed spending in the 2022/23 budget to national security agencies. from the country.

In the proposal, 128.4 billion shillings will go to the Ministry of Defence, 46.4 billion shillings to the national intelligence service and 122 shillings. 2 billion for the police and prison services.

The Treasury CS said 10.7 billion shillings will go towards the rental of police motor vehicles and 1 billion shillings for the police modernization programme.

An additional 1 billion shillings will fund the national communication and surveillance system and 335 million shillings will be used for equipment for the national forensic laboratory.

Other allowances offered include; 4.8 billion shillings for medical insurance for the police and prison services, 2.3 billion for group personal insurance for the police and prisons and 1 billion shillings for the integrated national management system. ‘identify.

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