Police officers will not be evicted, government has changed tune

Police Officers’ quarters at Karatina Police station in Mathira, Nyeri. Photo/Courtesy

The Government has changed tune on the earlier executive order that required police to leave the government quarters and instead agreed not to evict the officers residing.

This emerged during the mention of a case filed by Okiya Omtata.

Omtata sought to have the notice requiring officers living within police stations to vacate by February 3, 2019 suspended.

The consent was registered before Justice Chacha Mwita.

On September 13 last year, President Uhuru Kenyatta abolished the policy of mandatory and free housing for junior officers.

Housing allowances for police was introduced, a move expected to solve the accommodation crisis in the police service.

According to the Head of State, this would also help integrate police officers with other Kenyans.

The officers living in the said quarters were then asked to vacate the premises within 90 days of the new allowances.

However, Omtata moved to the Milimani High Court on September 14, 2018 arguing that only the Inspector General of Police has the power to issue such orders and not the President.

 

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