President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged police officers to avoid using their firearms to end innocent lives but instead use the power of the gun to protect the same lives.
Uhuru advised those who are experiencing life's storms to seek help instead of using their firearms wrongfully. The President issued the call to action while presiding over the graduation of about 2500 GSU Cadets today.
"Your fire arm is only meant to protect lives and not to kill innocent citizens," said the Head of State. The young men and women clad in GSU uniforms were inducted into the General Service Unit, armed with the power of a gun to protect Kenya and its people.
Their pass out comes a day after a Police Constable in Kabete turned his gun on his wife and neighbors, shooting them dead and injuring others before turning the gun on himself. Seven lives were lost in the sad incident within a short period of time.
While the cadets may be equipped with the tools to protect lives, they were urged to be disciplined and always be open whenever they are facing any emotional or physical challenges. The president warned officers against using their firearms to end innocent lives.
A security personnel mental health task force was formed last year to look into such matters affecting officers but the task force reports that patients who had substance abuse disorders or other mental illnesses were ridiculed when they eventually returned to their work stations.
The President urged all officers to overcome such stigma and be open while seeking assistance from selected professionals in order to avoid incidents similar to the one witnessed in Kabete.
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