, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 18 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has warned police officers against involving themselves in party politics or joining other associations or groups other than the National Police Service Association.
Kimaiyo says that all officers of the National Police Service are not and will not be members of clubs, associations or societies other than those existing for the purposes of recreation like sport, education or social activities.
In a statement, the police chief says officers must be guided by the National Police Service Act of 2011 which states that police officers shall not be members of any registered or non-registered organisation other than the National Police Service Association.
While officers are allowed to have social media accounts, Kimaiyo warns them against being part of group accounts which some of them use to spew hate speech or comment on matters while hiding behind illegal groups.
“All those operating social media in the name of police and issuing hate statement or dirty language will be followed and if traced – of which it is not difficult – will have themselves to blame,” he said.
“I have already tracked one and soon you will learn who he was since he will no longer be a member of the service.”
The National Police Service Act 2011 states that, “the association shall be entirely independent of and un-associated with anybody or person outside the force.”