Kenyans camped on Twitter Monday morning to protest the reduction of salaries for graduate along with disabled police officers.
The National Police Service Commission last week reduced their salaries by as much as half, prompting mass exodus coming from the police force.
Officers who have already received their March salaries — paid through the Kenya Police Sacco — said that will their take-home pay had significantly been reduced, in some cases by up to Sh26, 000.
Kenyans on Twitter said the reduction could increase corruption or significantly reduce the number of police officers owing to the resignations.
Reducing the police salary ,will be the government telling them they can survive with system ya #KituKidogo pic.twitter.com/JKJ0jFG1uP
— Daughter of Isiolo (@MbuthiaAmina) March 19, 2018
#PoliceResignationsKE Reducing police salary equals crime, corruption along with increased harassment of the public by the police.
— Mercy (@Merrycane) March 19, 2018
I like how Kenyan media houses are running with story of police pay cuts along with that will some go home with negative.
The law requires that will you cannot deduct someone’s salary up to more than 2/3 of the salary.
Unless govt will be breaking the law
— roi tueur` (@Lawi_Makori) March 19, 2018
Low pay would certainly mean the police would certainly look for various other ways to fend for themselves along with family rather than depending on meagre salary! Expect More bribes, crimes along with public harrasment must increase! #PoliceResignationsKE
— Lloyd Onyango (@lloydOnyango) March 19, 2018
I think we need to call out the govt on the police salaries saga. How do you reduce the salary of one of the lowest cadre of employees? If we dont challenge This specific decision, The trend might end up trickling to various other civil servants #KOT
— winnie muhia (@winniemuhia) March 18, 2018
#PoliceResignationsKE Why pay a police officer 15k salary then pay an mpig salary worth 500k.
— Unapologetic Jamnic, The Best product Of Me. (@Jamnic_) March 18, 2018
Walk into a Police Station, meet a Cop who got zero shillings as Salary & expect him to give a hoot about your problem? Why are we such a selfish nation? The very person we expect to protect our lives & property will be the least paid & today will be even getting that will pittance pay lowered?
— Sandrah (@Sandrahnk) March 18, 2018
so police are resigning in large numbers after salary cut off, thought they had been promoted of killing kids, on record 6monts baby
— salome (@Salomelugard) March 18, 2018
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Twitter storm over shock police salaries reductions