In a rather unprecedented and unconventional move, the National Police Service (NPS) may start dictating to police officers on whom not to marry.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of direct entry cadets inspectors at Kenya Police College in Kiganjo Campus, Nyeri County, Matiang’i says that the move would help police to stop sexual harassment and indiscipline cases that are on the rise among the police force.
“We have to adopt a new way [of doing things]. We will create a new gender relations office that will be under the supervision of the Inspector General of Police. Some of the female police officers have filed sexual harassment complaints. I want to assure you that it won’t happen in the future,” says CS.
Matiangí says that the Ministry is worried over the rising numbers of police officers killing their loved ones who are also in the police force.
“Moving forward, it will be illegal for a police officer to date or get married to a fellow law enforcement officer. If it happens that two police officers fall in love, then one has to leave the service,” Matiang’i said.
The former Education CS has also added that senior officers are prohibited from having sexual with their juniors. “Senior officers will be prohibited from having affairs with junior officers.”
Increased sexual violence among police officers
Due to the increased sexual abuse reports among the NPS, Matiangi says that the only way for officers to be in love is one to retire or quit. “If it’s a must for the involved lovebirds to be together then one has to leave the police service.”
April 7, 2021 a police officer attached to the office of the Interior ministry shot his wife dead before turning the gun on his head.
Hudson Wekesa was an administration police officer while his wife Pauline Wakise was a traffic police officer. Matiang’i eulogized the young couple stating that he was deeply pained by the tragic incident involving the couple.