25 July 2013

Kenya: Police Threaten to Hold Strike Over Pay Next Month

Police officers have threatened to stage a major strike next month over salary arrears and welfare issues. is looming in a few weeks following complaints by the disgruntled officers over their welfare.

The officers, who sought anonymity, claimed they were yet to be paid a 42 percent salary raise which was approved in 2011. The officers, including APs, regular, prison warders vowed to stage a major strike on August 15.

They want the National Police Act number 11A of 2011 implemented in order to end corruption and impunity in the service. The officers claimed the service has recently had unnecessary promotions, citing a case where some police officers with the ranks of senior deputy commissioner of police 1 are being referred to as assistant inspector general of police and earn more than even the deputy inspector general of police.

Police in Mombasa especially those from traffic were seen holding informal meetings. There were traffic snarl-ups on major roads connecting to the central business district.

However, Coast police boss Agrey Adoli dismissed claims that police officers were on a go-slow and that some radio calls were switched off.

"Police officers are on duty with their gadgets well functioning, the traffic snarl-ups are because of narrow roads," he said. The officers said their medical cover was insufficient, saying they pay outpatient services every time they visit hospitals and at times foot all inpatient bills. They also want caution money, risk allowances, houses allowances to be reviewed.

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