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Nairobi police officers forced to wear new uniforms to work

By Susan Njire

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Regional commander Rashid Yakub directed all police officers to wear the new uniforms and promised dire consequences to anyone who will violate the directive. However the law enforces have been crying foul because of the high cost in procuring the new ensemble. Many officers who showed up at work with the old uniform were asked to go back home.

According to a report from the officers, the police are decrying the high cost of making the attire given the responsibility of procuring the ensemble was shifted to them. The regional commissioner’s order however contradicted with Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai’s utterances last week after he approved the old uniform and said the new one will be dispatched in batches when resources are available.

In a separate story a few months ago, Deputy inspector general of police Edward Njoroge warned law enforcers against wearing uniforms while preaching. He told police officers to distinguish between private and official duty engagements. While the police service highly respects freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution, Njoroge pointed out that praying officers shall put on police regalia only on instructions.

The deputy inspector also directed the commanders to remind their juniors to stop wearing uniforms to worship places or else those found in contravention shall face the music.


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