Former Chief Justice David Maraga has been appointed as the chairperson of a taskforce that has been established to improve the working conditions of police and prisons officers.

In a gazette notice dated December 21, 2022, President William Ruto said his government seeks to improve working conditions of police and prisons officers to better do their jobs.

Ruto noted that the lasting welfare challenges compromised the efficiency of the National Police Service (NPS) and Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) officers in executing their mandates.

“The imperative of strengthening the security sector remains a national priority and the primary means of surmounting the emerging and dynamic security challenges we face," said Dr Ruto.

The team’s mandate is to review and propose how to enhance terms and conditions of the two services, and identify and propose needed legal, policy, institutional and operational reforms.

The task force has also been tasked with looking into and proposing relevant changes to the welfare of police and prisons officers across the different ranks and units.

Carole Kariuki will deputise Maraga in the 23-member task force, with other members including Moffat Muriithi Kangi, John Ole Moyaki, Ibrahim Jillo Guyo, Richard Kirundi, Elizabeth Mueni, Roseline Odede, Joash Odhiambo Dache and Doreen Muthaura.

Others are Albert Mwenda, Terry Chebet Maina, Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, Capt. (Rtd) Dr Simiyu Werunga, Dr Mutuma Ruteere, Anne Ireri, Stephen Kayongo, Jafaar Mohammed, Sammy Chepkwony and Khadija Mire.

President Ruto also appointed Joy Mdivo Masinde, Omwanza Ombati and Rosemary Kamau as joint secretaries to the task force.

This comes after Ruto promised to improve the welfare of the disciplined forces during his Jamhuri Day celebrations speech in Nairobi on December 12 to fulfill his campaign pledge.