Kilimani residents’ association have divulged their plan to build a new police station worth Ksh350 million.
According to the chairman steering the construction committee, Karanja Kabage, the residents believe that there is a need to construct a station befitting the station’s status as the center that serves State House.
Speaking to the Daily Nation, Mr Kabage mentioned: “This is probably the most important police division in the country but its facilities are run down.”
Mr Kabege revealed that the construction is expected to begin on June 15.
He then stated that the committee has established that the project is likely to take 18 months for completion.
The businessman said: “Our intention is to put up an ultra-modern police station with modern facilities. There is also going to be a community policing office within the station.
“We are also going to have conference facilities, a research center for the office, a shopping area for the police and also playing facilities for kids,” he added.
Kabage noted that so far the residents have already dug up a Ksh6 million borehole at the station.
Appreciating the residents, the area police boss Michael Muchiri stated that the borehole has “transformed the lives of a lot of police officers within the camp.”
This is notably however not the first time the residents are coming together to do a project for the police station.
According to the committee’s chairman, the Kilimani residents have previously conducted several clean-up activities including the removal of damaged accident cars from the station.
They have also had open days with the police, enjoined them in the Kilimani Street Festival and conducted tree-planting sessions at the station.
A member of the Ksh350 million committee, Leilah Juma stated that the residents have committed themselves to this project because they know the importance of security.
Ms Juma noted: “If anything happens in my house today, God forbid, the person I go to is the police officer. And if I’m not on good terms with them, how then can I walk into that police station and report what is happening? We have to have that relationship.”