The government has announced plans to bring reforms that will prevent police officers from having intimate relationships 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 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.
The police service has in recent past registered surging cases of crimes of passion with the latest involving a police officer attached to Matiang’i’s office.
The police constable shot dead his wife 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.
According to reports, the incident followed a disagreement between Hudson Wakise and wife Pauline Wekesa over infidelity claims.
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 residentials.
“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.