KNHCR condemns police salary deductions

Kenya police./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has condemned the move by the National Police Service  to slash salaries of police officers.

In a media briefing, while releasing the commission’s 2018 human rights report on Monday in Nairobi, the KNHCR chair Kagwiria Mbogori said that the police service’s move is a violation of police officers’ economic and social rights.

Mbogori said that the commission’s actions are so precarious as the officers are the custodians of national security.

“National Commission is concerned with reports that the National police service commission has effected a decision to cut the salaries of police officers. This is a decision that portends far-reaching and negative consequences to the country.”Mbogori said.

She said that the effect of salaries cuts should be undertaken after a wider consultation among the stakeholders.

“As a commission, we deem this action by the National Police Service Commission as a violation
Of the police officers rights .”Mbogori said

The commission also raised concerns over the violation of human rights after the 2017 August 8th polls which include Extrajudicial killings, and injuries to wananchi, police brutality meted on university students and misuse of teargas during demonstrations.

Mbogori urged the government to ratify several treaties and optional protocols like the African Union Convention for the protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced persons in Africa, Kampala convention, The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.