Narok Senator Ledama OleKina has faulted Interior CS Fred Matiangi’s plans of prohibiting police officers from having intimate relationships with their colleagues.
CS Matiangí on Friday, April 19 said that the ministry was worried over the rising numbers of police officers killing their loved ones who are also in the police force, intimating that banning cops from marrying or dating their colleagues might be the answer to curb this vice.
“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.
“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 during the official opening ceremony of direct entry cadets inspectors at Kenya Police College in Kiganjo Campus, Nyeri County.
Senator Ole Kina, however, sees everything wrong with the plans. According to the lawmaker, neither the ministry nor the National Police Service (NPS) has control over people’s love lives.
“I love Kenya! Now the National Police Service Commission want to determine and control how people fall in Love! My heart bleeds for lovers in the police service! Hapa hutawezana @FredMatiangi,” OleKina said.
During the function, CS Matiangí had said that NPS will adopt a policy similar to that of the Kenya Defence Forces. “We do not expect you to leave here and go have affairs with Constables who you are managing. When it gets to that point, one of you has to leave.”
Senator Kangáta’s take on police love life
Murangá Senator Irungu Kang’ata has also urged CS Matiangí to shelve the plans, insisting that the directive is stereotypical.
“This is knee jerk reaction that violates human rights. A fallacy of false generalization. There are many happily married police couples. Many women have been killed by police without having any relationship with them. Please reverse,” Kang’ata said.