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A HUGE BRIBE BY STATE FOR THE POLICE

Salary rise plan for police

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BY SUNDAY NATION

Kenya Police officers march at a passing out parade. An improved salary package for the police has been laid out with the lowest paid officers set to earn triple what they get now. PHOTO/ CORRESPONDENT

By FRED MUKINDA
Posted Friday, May 21 2010 at 21:00
In Summary

•Lowest paid officer could earn Sh30,000 if government plan gets Cabinet nod

An improved salary package for the police has been laid out with the lowest paid officers set to earn triple what they get now.

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New pay for Kenya Police on the way
The new pay package is contained in a structure to be discussed by the Cabinet, which if adopted, would be implemented in July.

A government official who saw the document but who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak on pending Cabinet matters, told the Saturday Nation it proposes a Sh34,000 monthly salary for a Constable, the lowest ranked officer, up from Sh11,000 currently.

Inspectors would get a minimum of over Sh60,000 per month, up from Sh24,000.

The figures exclude other benefits like house, risk, medical, field and special allowances.

Internal Security assistant minister Orwa Ojode confirmed that an inter-ministerial committee appointed by the government had come up with a revised pay structure and that it was awaiting discussion by Cabinet.

“It’s a good package. I know the police officers are going to celebrate the day it’s released,” he said. “The minimum will be slightly above Sh30,000 for the lowest paid officer,” he said.

The new remuneration will also include an insurance cover for the police officers and their families.

“Insurance is also on the way. We want to pay handsomely families of officers killed while on duty. They will also be treated in our good hospitals like the Nairobi Hospital, Aga Khan and any other good hospital,” said Mr Ojode.

The pay rise is part of remedies recommended by the Justice Ransley task force after carrying out a six-month examination into the ills hampering service delivery to Kenyans.

The report documenting a myriad of problems beleaguering the force and 200 proposals was presented to President Kibaki last year.

Mr Ojode was speaking to journalists in Nairobi after opening a workshop in which participants are expected to analyse and propose amendments to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Bill (2010). The two-day seminar ended on Friday.

The Bill was also proposed by the Justice Ransley team to check police excesses.

Once enacted, it will allow for the establishment of a board comprising of civilians, to receive and act on complains levelled by the public against the police.

He also revealed that police officers seconded to prosecute cases in court would be redeployed to law enforcement.

“A consultant has been engaged to evaluate the current police prosecutors and identify those with the necessary skills, competencies and qualifications,” said the minister.

Those who pass the test will then be transferred to work at the State Law office under the Attorney General.

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Secretary general of Chama Cha Mwananchi. This blog www.chamachamwananchi.wordpress.com, is based in Sweden.

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