Babu Owino seeks salary increment for police officers


Babu Owino seeks salary increment for police officers
Embakasi East MP Babu Owino speaks when he launched a table banking initiative for women in Embakasi East on April 30, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • Mr. Owino, in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Thursday, said police officers put their own lives on the line everyday to protect Kenyans and their property.

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has now introduced a Bill to amend sections of the National Police Commission Act to allow for increase in salaries of police officers.

Mr. Owino, in a letter to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi on Thursday, said police officers put their own lives on the line everyday to protect Kenyans and their property.

According to the vocal lawmaker, the proposed increment in remuneration and allowances for the servicemen is also because “they go into dangerous situations and deal with dangerous people hence making their job hard and dangerous.”

“To introduce legislation that would bar national police service commission from deducting huge chunk of their pay to Sacco’s which has made police officers to get as low as Ksh. 50 as others get negative pay credited to the Sacco’s accounts,” read the letter in part.

“To provide a mechanism whereby the officers with higher education qualification will be paid according to their academic qualifications unlike now where a standard 8 drop out, a form four leaver who scored a D-, an undergraduate and a post-graduate officer get a similar pay.”

Mr. Owino also added that his proposed amendments will shield disabled officers injured in the line of duty from taxes, and further provide a framework to remove discrimination and lack of transparency in promotions.

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