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Police are embroiled in a new crisis after being hit by a fabric shortage for the new police uniforms.
According to the Standard, police chiefs are unable to secure the material used to make the new Persian blue uniforms.
On Monday, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Interior Permanent Secretary Karanja Kibicho were spotted at the Rivatex factory in Eldoret, where they had gone to look for the fabric.
The team is also reported to have scouted for the material at the Rivatex outlet in Nakuru County, several factories in Thika and another in Nairobi.
Reports indicated that the material used to make the few uniforms donned by top officials was imported.
While unveiling the new uniform, the President ordered that the material be locally sourced.
“The materials NYS are using to make the new uniforms were sourced from another country, which is contrary to a presidential directive. That is why the PS is out there looking for help to address the crisis,” a source intimated.
Uhuru’s directive for all officers to wear the new uniforms during Jamhuri Day celebrations was not realised over the apparent lack of the fabric.
According to the Standard, at both police headquarters at Vigilance House and Jogoo House, officers are complaining that they are yet to receive tailors to take their measurements.
This add to the culmination of allegations that some officers have vowed not to move out of Government houses at the end of the month, citing their reduced pay is insufficient to rent decent houses.
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