, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 14 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has cautioned police officers against suing the government, saying they will be dismissed from the service.
Nkaissery says though the law allows aggrieved officers to go to court, there are proper institutions both within the National Police Service and externally to deal with grievances.
The CS, while speaking during this year’s outstanding police service award ceremony on Thursday, advised such officers to report to the police internal affairs unit or the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.
“If there is a problem affecting you there is no need of rushing to court. That is unbecoming and unacceptable for a uniformed officer to actually sue the employer,” the CS said.
Nkaissery revealed that he had already directed the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to dismiss such officers.
“It cannot be accepted. I want you look me at my eyes and get that message right,” Nkaissery warned.
Several junior police officers have in the recent past sought legal redress either after their dismissal, transfers or disciplinary cases.
In some instances, some officers have challenged decisions to demote them, a move Nkaissery says is wrong for serving officers.
“Patriotism entails commitment to serve and secure the country,” he stated. “It is very important that when you are in uniform, you are loyal not only to the service but also the country.”
He however defended the service from the numerous accusation of being corrupt saying the society was to blame.
Earlier on, still in the same forum, the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security Chairperson Asman Kamama called for stringent measures that will help to the graft menace bedevilling the police service.
Kamama lamented that the image of the police service remains dented due to corruption and cases of impunity, largely attributed to a few rogue officers.
The legislator said Parliament will be allocating more funds to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) in a bid to ensure all grievances are expeditiously and effectively addressed.
“We need all Kenyans to access IPOA services,” he said.
IPOA Chairperson Macharia Njeru on his part called for an improved police training that is anchored on respect of human rights and proper use of firearm.
Njeru said the police service must also empower its Internal Affairs Unit, for it to adequately address challenges facing members of the police service.
Forty six officers and eight police stations were honoured for their exemplary work to the public.
Andrew Mwendwa Kituku an officer based at Igembe South CID headquarters and Roselyne Muthoni Njuki based Mochongoi Police station, in Baringo County were the overall winners.