Police officers across the country are said to be on a go-slow over what they term as victimization by the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) as well as poor working conditions, something that has led to a surge in crime not only in the nation’s capital but also across Kenya.
The officers say they are on their own, despite the risky nature of their job, not even the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) – a body mandated to fight for police affairs is standing with them.
”Investigations by Ipoa are one-sided. It is only interested in fixing police officers. Criminals have an upper hand. Police officers lose lives in the line of duty but their families are left to their own devices,” an officer based in Nairobi told a local publication.
In their long list of complaints also is the issue of the changes in their medical cover where the government directed officers to seek treatment at public hospitals despite the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) not working for them.
In addition, the officers are also pouting over recent remarks by Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei that officers should have body cameras for the purpose of monitoring their actions and enhancing accountability.