Finally NPSC vice chairman issues clarification over claims of police salary pay cut
The National Police Service Commission has denied the claims of a section of graduate police officers being cut in their salaries.
Responding to a question on the alleged pay cut by a reporter, NPSC vice-chairman Alice Otwala on Tuesday said a court ruling had withdrawn graduate officers as constables, when they were in fact cadet officers. was working in
“There is no pay cut at the moment. There was a court decision which said that the officers who had degrees had taken the commission to the court and the court at that time overturned their petition,” Otwala said in Machakos.
He presided over the launch of a medical evaluation exercise for sick officers of the Lower Eastern Region and those injured in the line of duty.
“This meant that they became constables when they were actually working as cadet officers. What the commission has done is that in the previous recruitment, we have consistently given them more opportunities so that they Actually cadets now get appointed as officers and not constables being cadets,” Otwala explained.
Otwala said that the commission is looking after the officers and supporting them.
“As of now, there has been no pay cut because they are our officers and they are serving you as well as serving us,” she said.
Many police officers especially those holding various degrees have been complaining about the pay cut.
Some 1,209 officers who joined the service holding degrees and who claimed that their lives had been adversely affected by the pay cut, claimed that the NPSC had deducted their salaries without consulting them.
Some executives who spoke to Star but requested anonymity said they could no longer pay their bills since the deduction. Others said that they currently receive negative wages due to the fact that they had bank loans for service along with various statutory deductions on their salaries.
An officer who had drawn a basic salary of more than ksh100,000 before the alleged pay cut, said his salary was subject to a 30,000 pay cut in the month of October.
In November, the same officer refused to receive a Sh65,000 salary only to be left with Sh55,000 after the cut.
In 2018, a similar action was taken by the police employer, but the victims moved the court and won the case.
Some officers claimed that due to cuts, poor pay and high inflation, many of their colleagues were in depression, with increased police brutality, but not limited to suicides as well as cases of rogue officers.
The decision is said to have been taken after a section of other police officers, who had degrees but with less pay, moved the court seeking a pay hike, but lost the case.
The High Court ruled that any increase in police pay without including Pay and Remuneration Commission is against the law.