The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with local county officials, unveiled the newly refurbished Voi Police Station on January 21. Through the Kenya Transition Initiative (https://www.land-links.org/project/kenya-transition-initiative/), Usalama Reforms Forum (http://www.usalamaforum.org/) spearheaded the project, which is part of a five year effort of the U.S. government to assist Kenya with fundamental reforms following the 2007-2008 post-election violence.
Speaking at the event, Taita Taveta County Police Commander Mr. Patrick Bitonga said, “This is the first facelift of its kind since the station was constructed in 1971, and it is a major improvement in the Police service. This is why we need such partnership with the public, so that when they see a police station, they feel at home”.
Community policing representative and women rights activist, Macrina Mwamburi, thanked USAID for the provision of the photocopy machine and computers that will help in providing efficient services at zero cost to complainants.
“We thank Usalama Forum with funds from USAID for enhancing a good rapport with the police, which has enabled us to cooperate with them and speak with one voice in matters of security and community welfare”, said Ms. Mwamburi.
Present at the ceremony were Mr. Patrick Tito representing the Inspector General, Joseph Mativo County Administrative Police Commander, Justina Nzivo Officer in Charge of the Voi Police Division, Voi Police, CPD, the Voi OCS, County NSIS representatives and members of the community