On Saturday, September 26, Inspector General of Police Hilliary Mutyambai warned tailors located along Luthuli Avenue, Nairobi and estates such as Kawangware, Huruma, against sewing police uniform.
This is after it was alleged that some police officers had opted to wear 'tailor-made' new blue uniforms, saying that those made by the National Police Service (NPS), were expensive.
Mutyambai cautioned that tailors who went against the directive would be arrested, declaring that all repairs would be done by government-appointed facilities.Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho pictured with Police Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai in Mombasa on March 15, 2020
The police had lamented over prices of the new uniforms and had reportedly opted to buy cheap ones from tailors in estates.
They lamented that they were yet to receive allowances to acquire the new uniforms.
"We have been given contacts of some civilian tailors who have been approved to stitch the new uniforms at our own cost. This is unfair because we have not been given allowances to cater for them.
"It is the government's responsibility. The tailors do not come cheap, they are charging between Ksh3,000 and Ksh5,000," stated another police officer.
The Senate had warned that the move by the National Police Service (NPS) was unlawfull and a threat to national security.
Additionally, Senators stated that the move would also open doors for police impersonators.
"When you go around the city, ordinary tailors are making police uniforms. This is a security scare because some elements in society can take advantage to harass the public," Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei stated.
Earlier, Nairobi Regional Commander Rashid Yakub warned that actions would be taken against any officers who reported to work in the old uniform.
He cautioned officers against mixing uniforms, or wearing non-uniform items alongside the uniform.
"Failure to comply with these instructions will attract serious disciplinary action," Yakub stated.Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei sanitizes his hands before entering Senate chambers on Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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