Jul 11, 2019 | Fatimah Senait

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday received an Honorary International Police Association membership and Award at his City Hall office for his role in combating crime in the city.

Sonko was given the prestigious award by International Police President Mr. Osur after emerging top leader in combating crime within the city and helping rehabilitate criminals.

Speaking when giving his Acceptance speech during the ceremony, Governor Sonko pledged to continue helping the youth in his county by offering guidance and helping them set up income-generating activities as a way to end crime in the city.

Sonko further used the platform to urge the Police to work swiftly and arrest all the people holding illegal firearms as a way to help restore peace in the country.

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“It is an honor and great privilege for me to receive this honorary International Police Association Membership. My County Government works closely with the Police on matters compliance and enforcement, including under the Nairobi Regeneration Program.

The National Government has just completed the vetting of civilian gun holders and has found that more than 4,000 people are irregularly holding firearms. Most of these people are in urban areas including Nairobi. I urge the Police to take stern action against anyone who refuses to obey the directive to surrender all illegally owned guns.”

Sonko said in his speech.

The International Police Association of Kenya Chairperson Alfred Otieno, speaking during the ceremony thanked Sonko for his efforts in restoring order within the city and supporting the reformed criminals.

“Sonko has done a lot in the fight against crime in Nairobi and the country at large. We have sen you hiring some of the reformed youths in Nairobi beautification project This has helped in reducing the crime rate in Nairobi.”

Mr. Otieno said.

Sonko further stated that his Government had held consultative talks with other organizations including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime with the topic of discussion being how to reduce the crime rate in Nairobi County.

The Governor has also employed many youths in Nairobi through his Sonko Rescue Team Program. 

The International Police Association Membership Award was founded by British Sergeant Arthur Troop in the year 1950 and has over 70F national sects and over 360,000 members worldwide.

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