By Samuel Ouma
Kenyan police officers taking loans above a third of their total payment risk being sacked, barred from promotion, or subjected to early retirement.
The country’s Inspector of General Police, Hillary Mutyambai, said several officers apply for loans contrary to the Government regulations, which has prompted them to compromise their integrity.
Mr. Mutyambai accused the officers of embarrassing the police service.
“This has impaired the efficiency, integrity and dignity of the police service. Some officers have resulted into indulgence I’m corruption activities to fill the financial gaps,” read in part a memo signed by Mutyambai.
The latest development comes barely a month after the officers were barred from sharing any information on the Service operations with the public either through the press or social media.
Mr. Mutyambai was forced to issue the directive after a video of a female police officer complaining of sexual harassment and discrimination by senior officers emerged.
“Sharing information with the media and the public either verbally or otherwise must be done in accordance with the regulations,” he said.
In the video, the cop was heard pleading with Mutyambai to allow him to resign from the service, claiming her seniors have blocked her resignation letters.
She further called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to disband the service, arguing it is marred with corruption and bribery.
“There is no service, nothing is going on in these offices. They are full of corrupt [seniors], taking bribes and earning salaries at the same time,” stated the female cop.
An investigation has been launched into the matter.
In April 2021, the Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, also banned the officers from engaging in an intimate relationship or marrying each other.