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Kenya to ban intimate relationships among police officers

KENYA: Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has announced that the Ministry will develop new rules banning police officers from having intimate relations among themselves.

Speaking during the commissioning of the direct entry cadet inspectors course at the National Police College Kiganjo Campus in Nyeri, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the move will be intended to curb rising cases such as sexual harassment and indiscipline cases that were on the rise in the police force in which officers kill themselves in love triangles

“Senior officers will be prohibited from having affairs with junior officers. One will have to leave the service,” Matiangi said on Friday, April 30.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i arrives in Nyeri County for the official opening ceremony of the direct entry cadet inspectors course at the National Police College Kiganjo Campus on Friday, April 30, 2021. FACEBOOK

The police service has in recent past registered surging cases of crimes of passion.

His sentiments come after a recent incident that saw an officer attached to the VIP protection at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government shot dead his wife, a police constable, before turning the gun on himself.

While eulogizing the officer, Matiang’i said it was a pain to lose such a young couple.

“It’s a rude awakening to psychological challenges amongst some of the young officers that we have no choice but to now paying greater attention to. My sincere condolences to their families and friends,” he said.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in Nyeri County for the official opening ceremony of the direct entry cadet inspectors course at the National Police College Kiganjo Campus on Friday, April 30, 2021.

According to reports, the incident followed a disagreement between Hudson Wakise and wife Pauline Wekesa over infidelity claims.

Hudson Wakise was reported to have shot his wife Pauline Wekesa following a disagreement over alleged infidelity in their marriage.

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Autopsy results revealed that Pauline was shot seven times, three bullets on her chest and four on her arm. Injuries on her arm showed that there could have been a struggle before she died.

The two had contrasting funerals with Wekesa being accorded the full burial rites of an officer in Kakamega, while Hudson was laid to rest days later in a quiet ceremony in his home county of Taita Taveta.

A 2020 report by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) disclosed the increasing number of suicide cases in the police service was tied to the minimal supervision over junior officers living in private residential outside the camp.

“Stagnation in rank, disciplinary actions arising from desertion and inadequate monitoring of junior officers leaving outside police lines are among causes of stress in officers identified,” the report read in part.

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