Police officers get Sh10,000 reward for peaceful party primaries
Police officers have a reason to smile after they received a Sh10,000 boost in their June salaries.
The one-off payment was authorized by Inspector General Joseph Boinnet as allowances for services rendered during political party nominations in April.
“Following the successful security coverage of political parties’ primaries and continued commitment being exhibited by officers to cover political campaign rallies, the IG has authorized the payment to all officers across the board irrespective of ranks,” said a memo signed by Dominic Kisavi on behalf of deputy IG Joel Kitili.
However, Administration Police officers were initially left out in the payment, an anomaly that was quickly corrected to stop grumbling by the affected officers.
AP boss Samuel Arachi issued a memo to his lieutenants saying: “Please be informed that there was a system error in terms of coding which resulted in the omission. The same has been sorted and the processing is underway. Kindly bring this information to the attention to all officers under your command and affirm that all is under control.”
Mr Arachi’s signal was addressed to regional, county, sub-county and unit commanders across Kenya. There are more than 100,000 officers in the regular and administration police.
Mr Boinnet further told the officers to remain steadfast and “show the same commitment in their duties during the remaining phase of the electioneering period.”
Kenya will hold the General Election on August 8 and police are on spotlight to ensure peace is maintained.