- Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli has appealed to the government not to cut police salaries
- Atwoli said the police risk a lot to protect Kenyans that they don’t deserve to have their salaries cut; instead, they merit an increase
- He also lamented on the living conditions of most officers stating they are forced to share tiny houses due to poor accommodation
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Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary-general Francis Atwoli has asked the government not to cut police salaries as proposed earlier.
Speaking at the labour migration seminar in Kisumu, Atwoli asked the government to shelve their plans of slashing police salaries, arguing that they risk a lot to be paid less.
“You are not supposed to slash somebody’s salary. You can not pay someone his dues then take it back. I am appealing to my best friend honourable Matiang’i, to address that issue of police officers urgently and with sympathy. These young men are dying to protect us. They are always outside there when we are busy sleeping. We should not tamper with their salaries,” said Atwoli.
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Instead, the long-term trade unionist called upon the government to give the officers a raise in their salary for their dedication to their duties.
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“If anything we should increase the wages of our security agencies, police included. I am appealing to Matiang’i who is also my best friend…police should not be harassed and money taken away from their salaries,” he added.
Police living conditions
Atwoli delved into the never-ending debate on police living conditions saying they earn peanuts while the government is yet to give them better housing.
He called upon all including the government to be considerate and treat the police better.
“They are earning peanuts. Sharing very small rooms. We have not been able to give them better accommodation. They are living under very difficult conditions. They are human beings and we should be considerate of our police officers,” argued Atwoli.
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Atwoli gulf jobs
In a separate story, TUKO.co.ke reported Atwoli advising Kenyans against seeking jobs in Arabian countries.
The vocal trade unionist said many Kenyans had died while working under harsh conditions, and as such, he argued it was better to stay at home and be poor than fly to UAE and return to Kenya in a coffin months later.
“If you check-in at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) every morning, you will see that the Qatar Airlines always brings in many coffins of Kenyans who died…very young Kenyans. This is something that we are strongly opposed to.We would rather remain poor and our people be protected,” Atwoli said as reported by Citizen TV.
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Source: Tuko Newspaper