Barely hours after settling in his seat for a second and final term, President Uhuru Kenyatta has taken time to recognise the men in uniform, he has congratulated the Kenya Police Service and other security organs for their role in the 2017 elections.
Kenya made history after having two presidential elections in one year; in August 8, 2017 and October 26, 2017, after the Supreme Court nullified the former over irregularities and illegalities.
In a brief communique sent to the office of the Inspector of Police Joseph Boinnet on Friday, December 1 and seen by Zipo.co.ke, the Head of State applauded police officers of all ranks involved in the election exercises.
Uhuru noted their professionalism and dedication to duty even as the other side of the political divide accuse the same officers of police brutality, more so in the way they have handled their supporters.
It is reported that more than 70 people have lost their lives during clashes with police since the August 8 polls, mostly through gun wounds.
Just recently, three people died including a seven-year-old boy who was shot in the head while playing at the balcony of his aunt’s home in Pipeline area as police engaged supporters of Nasa leader Raila Odinga in running battles.
The Kenya Police Service however denies using live bullets during the confrontations.