Junior cops to remain in government owned houses following consent

February 12, 2019 12:59 pm
The consent will be formally filed in court on Friday before Justice Chacha Mwita/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – Junior police officers will remain in government owned police lines at least for now after human rights activist Okiya Omtatah and Ministry of Interior entered consent to have status quo remain until September 13, 2018 presidential directive is reworked.

The consent will be formally filed in court on Friday before Justice Chacha Mwita.

The government is said to have among other things concurred with Omtatah that Sh9,000 recommended for police officers especially those living in Nairobi cannot fetch decent housing.

In the consent, government will detail what it intends to do with houses to be vacated by junior officers after claims emerged that their seniors are set to occupy them.

Inspector General Joseph Boinnet had in December directed junior officers to move by February or be ready to pay market rates for those willing to remain in police lines.

Not to be affected by the order are 20,000 officers who are required by the nature of their jobs to be on standby at all times.

They will not receive any house allowance but will pay water and electricity bills beginning this month.

Initially, the government had planned to pay constables in Nairobi Sh18,124 per month, 13,124 those in Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Meru, Uasin Gishu while those in other counties Sh8,124 for housing.

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