Nairobi — The interior Cabinet secretary Joseph ole Lenku on Monday presided over the signing of a life insurance cover with Pioneer Assurance Company for the National Police Service.
Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo signed the contract on behalf of the Government together with the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.
Pioneer Assurance Managing Director Moses Kimani signed on behalf of the insurance provider.
This is a comprehensive group life cover which will be offered by Pioneer Assurance Company Limited, which won competitive bidding for provision of the insurance.
Lenku who spoke to journalists during the signing said the move will boost police morale in serving the country.
"It is part of the government's commitment to improve the welfare and living standards of police, prisons and other security officers in the country," he said.
He also pointed out that other measures have been put in place to improve the welfare of police in the country which include proper housing and improving police mobility.
"The insurance policy, which is a first in the history of the country's police and prison services, covers all employees (uniformed and civilian staff) of the National Police Service and the Kenya Prison Services," he stated.
The contract covers risks ranging from natural death, accidental death, permanent total disability, temporary total disability, critical illness and funeral expenses for the principal member and declared dependants.
The country has about 80,000 police officers and about 20,000 prison officers, who together with their immediate dependants will benefit from the cover.
According to the Interior Ministry, "comprehensive health insurance cover for police and prisons officers as well as their immediate dependants is also in the process of being contracted and will be ready soon."