After a Mombasa-based female police officer reached out to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over unconducive environment at her workplace, another from Lang’ata, Nairobi County, has come out.
Police Constable Swaleh Rehemah now claims that both Langata OCS and OCPD have been frustrating her, by accusing her of absenteeism and allegedly planning to cut off her salary.
Rehemah claims that it all started when she was forced to work continuously by OCS William Matu and OCPD Benjamin Mwanthi despite the fact that she was seven months pregnant until when she gave birth. She was also assigned normal duties instead of being granted maternity leave.
According to the police constable, the OCS and OCPD did not reach out to her to resolve the issue. Instead, she alleges that the OCS summoned her and “reposted her to another police post, West Park, which is managed by the Langata Police Station.”
Rehema, however, says that even at West Park, she did not settle as she lasted for only a month, before she was summoned again, this time, “for disciplinary action.”
“The duty roster was changed and I was reposted back to Lang’ata without being informed,” she says. The reason behind that, she says, was due to absenteeism allegations against her.
She is now urging IG Mutyambai to mediate on the matter. “What I can tell Mutyambai as our boss is that he should really look into our situation as ladies in the police service. We are facing a lot of intimidations and frustrations,” says Rehema.
Rehema gave birth to her child on June 2 through a C-section, but she claims her bosses have refused to grant her maternity leave. She says that the bosses have insisted that she files a birth notification in person before being granted the leave.
“With my surgical wound, I can’t even walk well. I was further shocked when they stated that I deserted work. I received a deserter meaning that my salary will be cut off.”
Inspector General Mutyambai responds to Mombasa cop claims
Just like Viviana Hyline, Rehema added that she was also voicing out tribulations that were facing female cops in various work stations. “At times we can’t speak out as we are curtailed. He [Mutyambai] should help us and I know I have spoken on behalf of my colleagues somewhere who are suffering too,” Rehema said.
In a video that went viral last month, Hyline claimed that she was not even allowed to resign from her work, citing sexual harassment.
“Sir, kindly allow me to resign peacefully from the police officer post because I can thrive elsewhere. Even if it means, resigning without pay, I will not mind,” she said.
IG Mutyambai responded to her claims, and ordered probe into her claims. “She had complained against a merchant hence subjected to an inquiry by @DCI_Kenya officers resulting into a departmental action. I have directed the Gender and Children Directorate to independently investigate the matter and give a report within 7 days.”
Hyline spoke out again, claiming that no action had been taken yet, but the IG assured her “The matter is being handled internally through the Police Procedure.”