Police spokesman responds after officers complain over slashed house allowances


Police spokesman Charles Owino
Police spokesman Charles Owino. Photo/FILE

In Summary

  • An officer who sought anonymity telling Citizen Digital that Ksh.9,500 in Nairobi could earn you a decent house in an area likely to compromise your own security and that of your family as an officer.
  • The officer also expressing fears of favouritism in deployment due to the unequal allowances across the country
  • Earlier on, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet however saying the allowances reflecting in their pay slips were reached in accordance to the decision of SRC, a statement that indicates the status quo is likely to remain despite the murmurs.

National Police Service spokesman Charles Owino has sought to clarify that although the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) reduced their house allowances from what was originally promised, other allowances have been retained to bridge the gap.

Speaking to Citizen Digital  on phone, Owino said that the officers will retain their commuter allowance which then means that they receive the same amount of money that had been agreed upon.

This comes after a section of officers within the service came forward saying what they have received is not what was promised adding that it was not adequate.

In the new arrangement, most officers will no longer share residence in government houses, leased houses, police camps or lines and will instead enter into private tenancy agreements in areas of their own choice.

To achieve this, the service initially categorized police housing allowances into three clusters, with those in Nairobi; cluster 1 pocketing Ksh.18,124.

Those in cluster two which includes Mombasa, Kisumu, Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Meru were getting Ksh.13,124, while other regions across the country fall under cluster three, where police constables there earn sh8,124 in allowances.

On their pay slips seen by Citizen Digital however, the allowances have been reduced to Ksh.9,500 for cluster one, Ksh.7,000 for clusters two and Ksh.5,500 for the rest.

An officer who sought anonymity telling Citizen Digital that Ksh.9,500 in Nairobi could earn you a decent house in an area likely to compromise your own security and that of your family as an officer.

The officer also expressing fears of favouritism in deployment due to the unequal allowances across the country

Earlier on, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet however saying the allowances reflecting in their pay slips were reached in accordance to the decision of SRC, a statement that indicates the status quo is likely to remain despite the murmurs.

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