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Nyumba Kumi officials told to expect zero salary

25 September 2014, 10:34 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - The national chairman of Nyumba Kumi initiative, Joseph Kaguthi has said government will not pay any salaries to Nyumba Kumi officials.

Kaguthi said some committee members have been demanding allowances and facilitation of transport, stationery and communication among others.

Speaking in Nyeri town during a meeting with security officials and Nyumba Kumi representatives from Nyeri and Murang’a counties, Kaguthi said the country cannot afford to pay allowances to the officials.

He dismissed notions that sitting in the Nyumba Kumi village committees was a job attracting payments.

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He further noted that some counties have Nyumba Kumi clusters amounting to 30 000 with 5- 15 members and therefore it would be very expensive to pay them.

Kaguthi was responding to calls to have the Nyumba Kumi officials placed on government payroll as a way of facilitating their community policing efforts.

There are 4 744 and 4 940 Nyumba Kumi clusters in Nyeri and Murang’a counties respectively, with Kaguthi stating that the clusters have led to reduction in crime.

The representatives told the conference that some members fear to volunteer information due to suspicion and fear of victimization.

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