The Independent Policing Oversight Authority on November 6, 2019, launched its five-year Strategic Plan, which is designed to fast-track the transformation of the National Police Service into a world class institution.
IPOA Strategic Plan 2019-2014 envisions Kenya as a country with efficient, effective and professional policing by ensuring there is accountability, strengthened cooperation and collaboration with other State agencies, generation and use of new knowledge through research as well as application of best practices through training and adoption of the latest technology.
This blueprint was launched by Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang’i, in a colourful occasion at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
He pledged to protect the independence of IPOA and further vowed to support the Authority to execute its core mandate – to hold the National Police Service accountable to the public.
“I want to promise you Chairperson (Mrs. Anne Makori), together with your members (Board) in public that we are available, willing and ready to give you all the support you need to succeed and to conduct investigations. Where issues have been raised concerning the conduct of police officers, we will be first to tell you to proceed and find out exactly what happened because the people of Kenya expect that we should be accountable as leaders,” said Dr. Matiang’i.
The CS further cautioned against the culture of drafting impeccable blueprints but failing to implement them to the letter.
Said Dr. Matiang’i: “Breathe life to those programs and activities contained in this Strategic Plan. Let this glamour continue every day.”
In pointing out at the glamour, the CS was referring to the optimism, colour, vigour and energy that IPOA staff displayed during the launch.
IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori, appreciated Dr. Matiangi’s support, adding that the Authority will progressively deliver on its mandate by making sure police officers cited for misconduct are held to account and at the same time, make recommendations to remedy systemic ills.
“We have a mandate to execute on behalf of Kenyans. We do so through parliament whose members, and especially those in the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security, are here with us,” she noted.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Paul Koinange said: “IPOA has done well in securing justice for Kenyans who have been wronged by either the NPS or individual police officers.”
The CS closed the event by calling on all institutions – State and non-State actors – to collaborate in ensuring that Kenyans receive policing services they are entitled.
The launch was also graced by Chief Administrative Secretary in the ministry Patrick Ole Ntutu, Mr. Hillary Mutyambai (Inspector General of NPS) and Mr. Eliud Kinuthia (Chairperson of the National Police Service Commission), among other senior Government officials.