, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 29 – The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has denied claims that it is pushing for a monthly salary of Sh1.6 million for the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.
The commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said he is not aware of the proposal quoted in a local daily because the body has no mandate to set salaries for state officers.
Under the Constitution, Kimaiyo, his two deputies Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi as well as the CID director Ndegwa Muhoro are state officers.
“As a commission we do not negotiate the salaries and allowances for the Inspector General, his two deputies and the CID director,” Kavuludi said when reached for comment.
“These are state officers whose salaries are set by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The document attributed to in the story is strange to us,” Kavuludi said.
But even as Kavuludi distanced the commission from the proposals, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) confirmed that it had received the proposal.
SRC’s Communications Manager Ali Chege told Capital FM News that the Commission would look at the recommendations and compare it with the wage bill before charting a way forward.
He explained that the SRC had sought various pay proposals from various constitutional commissions and that the NPSC was one of them.
“We cannot award any salary unless we have analysed and tested the proposal against the principles of affordability and equity in pay,” Chege explained.
A source at the SRC further indicated that the Commission is unlikely to award Kimaiyo the salary contained in the contentious proposal because it was much higher as compared to what is paid to the President.
“I will also be unfair to junior officers who take home less than Sh20, 000,” an official at the commission said. “The NPSC and the Inspector General of Police know what they are doing. They are playing games,” the source explained.
Last week, junior officers jammed communication gadgets to protest the delayed pay increase awarded to them in three instalments but which has never been paid in full.
Kimaiyo has however, assured them of the government’s commitment to have them paid.