Police manning Kenya-Somali border threaten to quit over 1.3 M unpaid allowances

Police manning Kenya-Somali border threaten to quit over 1.3 M unpaid allowances

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Police manning the border in Mandera town. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Police officers manning the construction of a security wall on the Kenya-Somali border have threatened to down their tools if the government does not pay them their allowances amounting to Sh.1.3 Million each.

The over 30 officers comprising of the Administration Police-AP and the Kenya Police have also demanded to be evacuated from the border’s Usalama Camp after their six month period of duty elapsed.

Speaking at Ishakani area in Lamu East on Thursday,the officers said their bosses were harassing them and threatening to sack them whenever they asked to be removed from the area.

The officers have been guarding the border area since September 2015 and were expected to last only six months after which yet another group was to take over from them.

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The officers who have entered their eighth month at the camp however said the bosses had refused to move them and were forcefully keeping them in the Alshabaab prone area against their wish and the signed contract.

“We haven’t been paid a single penny as allowance since we set foot in this forsaken place last year September.Each one of us is being owed up to Sh.1.3 Million which we highly doubt will ever reach us.

“But at the moment, we want out or else we will be forced to quit our jobs after all life is important than any amount of money.If they don’t come for us,we shall find our own means of doing so,”said an officer who didn’t want to be named.

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Lamu County commissioner has pleaded with the officers to be patient as his office looks for ways to address the issue.

“Let them be patient with us for just a little while. We understand the situation and want to assure them that we are doing something about it.As for the allowances, each officer will be dully and fully paid,”said Kanyiri.