17 February 2014

Kenya: Ex-Forces Men Seek Police Reservist Jobs

Retired armed forces officers from Trans Nzoia want the government to hire them as police reservists and be paid well.

The officers comprise those who worked for the Kenya Army, Kenya Police, Administration Police and the GSU. The lowest paid reservist will receive Sh5,000.

Speaking in Kitale town yesterday, the more than 500 retirees said some of them were dismissed over petty offenses, others were "wrongfully" jailed during 1982 coup and are now freed but live in poverty.

Led by Peter Kuria, they said officers who retired between 1982 and 2006 receive Sh3,000 per month as pension. "If this is the case, then we urge the government to absorb some of us as KPR because we are trained instead of the current situation where people with poor records are hired as reservists," said Kuria, retired AP. He said some of the KPRs hire out guns to criminals because they lack work ethics.

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