Police Respond Over Funeral Fundraiser for GSU Killed in Riverside Attack
There were mixed reactions on social media on Tuesday after an obituary appeared in a local daily announcing a funeral fundraiser for the GSU officer killed during the terror attack on 14 Riverside.
The obituary bearing the name and image of the fallen officer, Japhet Ndunguja Nuru, also included a Paybill Number for funding the burial arrangements.
Besides that, the obituary alleged that there would be a fundraiser on Wednesday without naming the location with the burial set to be held in Taita Taveta on Saturday.
The issue attracted various reactions from netizens on why the government was not funding the send-off for the gallant officer killed on the line of duty.
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Deputy Police Spokesperson Tony Munga revealed that the government will cater for the funeral as is the case of officers who die working in the disciplined services.
"Every police officer is covered under a life assurance cover other than their medical cover under NHIF," he stated.
"There is a separate burial fund to cater for the burial and families of officers who are members of the Police Sacco, benefit from an additional benevolent fund on their demise," Munga added.
Sources indicate that the government offers at least Kshs 100,000 for a Constable, the lowest ranking officer in the police service.
Members of the Kenya Police Sacco reportedly benefit from an additional Kshs 70,000.
As part of gratuity, families of police officers reportedly receive a lump sum payment equivalent to 8 years of their kin's salary which may amount to Kshs 2 million.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and IG Joseph Boinnet on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to the GSU Barracks in Ruaraka, thanking the officers for their selfless act at Dusit D2 Hotel and also condoled with the family of the deceased officer.
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