Twitter storm over shock police salaries reductions
Kenyans camped on Twitter Monday morning to protest the reduction of salaries for graduate and disabled police officers.
The National Police Service Commission last week reduced their salaries by as much as half, prompting mass exodus from the police force.
Officers who have already received their March salaries — paid through the Kenya Police Sacco — said that their take-home pay had significantly been reduced, in some cases by up to Sh26, 000.
Kenyans on Twitter said the reduction could increase corruption or significantly reduce the number of police officers owing to the resignations.
— Daughter of Isiolo (@MbuthiaAmina) March 19, 2018
#PoliceResignationsKE Reducing police salary equals crime, corruption and increased harassment of the public by the police.
— Mercy (@Merrycane) March 19, 2018
I like how Kenyan media houses are running with story of police pay cuts and that some go home with negative.
The law requires that you cannot deduct someone's salary up to more than 2/3 of the salary.
Unless govt is breaking the law
— I am (@Lawi_Makori) March 19, 2018
Low pay would mean the police would look for other ways to fend for themselves and family rather than depending on meagre salary! Expect More bribes, crimes and public harrasment must increase! #PoliceResignationsKE
— Lloyd Onyango (@lloydOnyango) March 19, 2018
I think we need to call out the govt on the police salaries saga. How do you reduce the salary of one of the lowest cadre of employees? If we dont challenge this decision, The trend might end up trickling to other civil servants #KOT
— winnie muhia (@winniemuhia) March 18, 2018
#PoliceResignationsKE Why pay a police officer 15k salary then pay an mpig salary worth 500k.
— KOT Awards (@Jamnic_) March 18, 2018
so police are resigning in large numbers after salary cut off, thought they had been promoted of killing kids, on record 6monts baby
— sally (@Salomelugard) March 18, 2018