NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 21 – The National Police Service on Tuesday dismissed as fake, a letter purportedly written by junior officers in its ranks demanding a pay rise.
The letter which bears the National Police Service emblem is addressed to the Chairperson of Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Office of the President and the Chief Justice among others and makes of them a number of demands including a 65 per cent pay increment.
“We the officers of ranks between the constables/wardens to the rank of inspector in regards to the nature and the demands of our duty in delivering our services, the rising cost of living, the rate of inflation in the country, the political temperature, increased terror threats, overstretched duties, witch-hunting when engaged in honest business, constant transfers hindering our effort to settle establish our families. We hereby demand with immediate effect. The following which should be effected and backdated three (3) years.” the letter states.
The other demands made in the letter are exemption from income tax, full medical cover, a risk allowance of 30 per cent, security of tenure, injury compensation as well as establishment of duty free stores for police and prisons officers.
“The above demands are expected to be implemented in a single phase staring this financial year and should be reflected starting with the July pay slips,” the letter stipulates.
It goes on to deliver the following warning: “defiance of the above demands will be met with equal defiance. Considering this being an election year, we have strategised enough to ensure our demands are met without any conditions whatsoever.”