Machakos governor Dr.Alfred Mutua on Wednesday took to social media in an effort to push for equal fair treatment through better housing allowance for the men and women in uniform.
This was during the handover of the senior police houses to IG Mutyambai, constructed by the Machakos County Government at Athi River police Station, Mavoko Sub County.
In a social media post, he talked of how Our men and women in uniform who serve as police officers contribute greatly to the safety and peace of mind we have as ordinary Kenyans.
However, the reality is that for many years, unlike their counterparts in Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States, Brazil, South Africa and other nations, our police officers have not been treated well and fairly.
This is especially so when it comes to remuneration, benefits and housing.
”I wish to acknowledge what the Governments of Mwai Kibaki and especially Uhuru Kenyatta have done to improve the welfare of our officers but we have to admit the situation is still bad.”
My heart has always been torn when I see the living conditions of some of our officers. I have endeavored as a citizen to build houses for police officer and have done so quietly in several places in Kenya.
My Government of Machakos, due to the respect we have for our police, decided to build good houses for police officers based in our Athi River area.
According to the governor even though security is a National government mandate, the people they serve are our people and partnership between Machakos County and the Ministry of Interior means that our people get better services.
That is why CCTV cameras were installed, vehicles for policing
provided and now partnering in building decent homes for the men and women in uniform.
”My Government has offered to provide paint and repair materials and staff to revamp all police stations in the Machakos county to bring them to international standards. That way, our police officers work in conducive environments and our people receive good service in clean and modern facilities when they visit police stations.” He said
Our interest as Machakos is to provide a county that is secure where business can thrive and our people get to make money in harmony. We want to grow wealth and you cannot do this if security is not assured.
The County Assembly of Machakos also seized on the need to provide its people the proper environment to develop and appreciate their support as they make Machakos, truly, the Place to Be.
He added that, ”Police service is reflected in the motivation of our officers. Yes, their salaries have been increased but when you consider that these officers are at the receiving ends of bullets and other ordinance, they are not paid enough.”
In all honesty, the conversation in the country should be about adding housing allowances to the police and not to us politicians who they protect while we lie warm in bed every night.
If the economy is not able to increase housing allowances for police officers, then it is not able to increase housing allowances for MPs, Governors or even the President. Kenya needs to be a fair country that takes care of all of us and not just leaders.