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Police seek Sh561m for houses, car loans

Seth Onyango @SethManex

The National Police Service Commission is seeking an additional Sh561 million from the exchequer part of which will finance their mortgage and car loan schemes. At the same time, the government intends to construct 20, 000 more housing units for police officers in the next financial year.

Further, the government will provide 20, 000 chiefs and their assistants and 2, 000 police officers with motorcycles as part of the measures to beef up security. Already, the Johnston Kavuludi-led commission has developed guidelines for establishing a staff mortgage scheme which could only get Sh20 million from its current budget.

In this financial year, the Treasury only allocated the commission Sh20 million toward their car loan and mortgage schemes which Kavuludi termed insufficient. If Parliament approves the increments, the commission will have an additional Sh160 million to cover its Sh180 million budget for mortgage and car loans.

Additionally, Kavuludi wants the NPSC commissioners whose tenure expires in September this year to be allocated Sh37.9 million as their end-contract gratuity. “The commissioners term is coming to an end yet their service gratuity has not been provided for in the budget ceiling…we don’t want a situation where commissioners leave office and look miserable,” he said.

He spoke when appearing before the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security. Meanwhile, Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has dismissed calls for transfers of chiefs and their assistants asserting it was impractical because of the nature of their jobs.

Matiang’i in a bid to cure laxity among the national government administrative agents, chiefs will be vetted and those found culpable of wrongdoing will be dismissed from service.

The CS spoke when he also appeared before the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security. He said the government will in this financial year acquire Sh10,000 motorbikes for chiefs and their assistant.

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