Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has said there will be no Christmas break for all security officers.
This follows a presidential directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the chairman of the National Security Council.
Speaking during the installation of senior principal chief Roika ole Shira at Kekurro location, Kajiado, Matiang’i said the directive is intended to ensure peace prevails during the festive season.
“For us in the security sector and especially those responsible for internal security, we are all under firm instructions given by the President yesterday that there will be no leave for Christmas holiday. We will be on duty to ensure Kenyans have a peaceful and secure Christmas,” he said.
‘I, too, will be on duty on Christmas Day and Utamaduni Day and the following days. If I’ll be working, how can chiefs or their assistants be on holiday? We will all be working to ensure our citizens are safe to enjoy themselves.”
Kenyatta’s directive will affect police and members of the National Government Administration Officers who include county commissioners, chiefs, and their assistants.
All security agents are ordered to be on high alert over the festive season, bearing in mind political upheavals in neighbouring countries.
He urged chiefs and their assistants to support presidential directives and government projects and policies and warned those not doing so to resign or risk sacking.