To balance the needs and help the Kenyan police forces function adequately during and after the awaited August 8 general election, the Kenyan government have promised to increase the salaries of police officers.
This is according to the National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi who made the announced On Friday that officers will by Month-end receive an increase in their salaries.
Mr Kavuludi said from the next salary pay, the lowest paid constable would get a 19 per cent salary increase while senior assistant inspectors-general would be awarded a six per cent rise.
“This interim increment takes effect in July. Detailed salary adjustments for every rank will be issued by the Inspector-General,” he said, adding that consultations were ongoing and that the new package would be made public soon.
“This is a temporary incentive to our officers to motivate them manage the elections and provide security to Kenyans,”
Earlier this month, it was rumoured that the Kenyan Police would receive pay rise after an announced meeting by the Police commission and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
The need for the salary increase was sparked off by government’s needs for the security officers to ensure that peace and order prevail during the August 8 General Election
Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet has the power to boost the nearly 100,000 officers under him by gazetting special officers to help in policing, especially at polling stations.
But at the time of the meeting, Mr Boinnet said review meetings on how police manage the elections will continue until after August 8.The new report might, however, be a source of encouragement for the security officers to do their jobs well especially as the country draws much closer to the dreaded election period.
Meanwhile, Mr Kavuludi, however, urged well-wishers to help secure police stations with perimeter walls, saying the government’s budget was constrained.
“Some citizens have the ability to help and we urge them to do so,” he said.
The NPSC chief said the Kenyan police and some ministries had prepared well for the General Election, adding that he did not anticipate any further political upheavals.
“We are happy with police preparations for the polls. The officers have been trained well and equipped to handle any situation professionally. They will not interfere with the elections,” he said at Pride Inn, Hotel, Mombasa after a three-day retreat of the commissioners.
“The commission and National Police Service consulted widely with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission in reaching the pay agreement,” Mr Kavuludi added.