Prison plan go-slow over security allowance

Sunday June 18 2017

A photo of Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi

A photo of Kamiti Maximum Prison in Nairobi on June 7, 2015. Warders at the prison are planning a go-slow. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Warders at Kamiti Maximum Prison are planning a go-slow tomorrow to demand Sh10,000 allowances from the government for providing security during the party primaries in April.

A warder who requested anonymity for fear of reprisal today, said paying some officers and leaving out others was causing unease in the uniformed service.

“We will report to work as usual but refrain from performing some duties,” the officer said, adding that they suspect foul play on the part of their bosses.

The officer in-charge of the prison, Mr Henry Kisingu, however downplayed the go-slow and said communication had been sent out to all officers that they will receive the money with their next salary.

“I even showed them (the memo) and posted it on the notice board,” Mr Kisingu said in a telephone interview.

“Police received theirs because their payslips were still in the system. For us, the option was to either recall the payslips or put it in the coming payslips.”

Last week, it emerged that some police officers had received Sh10,000 categorised as “unknown” in their payslips, said to be for the work.

Other officers were drawn from Kenya Wildlife Service, National Youth Service and Kenya Forest Service.