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Police officers need motivation and appreciation

04 October 2012, 05:17 Alfred Onyango

"Police do not sleep for us to sleep." These was a common statement made by the former assistant minister for internal security the late Hon. Orwa Ojode. He was always known to be the champion of our uniformed men and women who despite the job the effort they put and risk they take to protect our rights we hardly appreciate them. In fact we are generous with accusation on any mistake they make but very very mean with appreciation on the good work they do.

Whereas all public servants are allowed to strike in demand for better pay, policemen are not allowed to do so not because they are paid handsomely or they are getting some good allowances but because of their job.And they have allowed themselves to be denied that fundamental right. By the, have ever imagined Kenya without police officers even for a day? With rowdy touts, reckless drivers, hate speeches from leaders, careless public...( the list is too long) I don't want to imagine what can happen more so with this dawn of threats from the al shaabab and there sympathizers.

But then do the government and the public appreciate what they do? My answer is NO. The meager salary they are paid is rather heart breaking than motivating. The houses they live in is pathetic. Imagine unmarried man sharing house with married man, that is total chaos! To add salt to the injury the minors again face intimidation from the seniors but no one come to their rescue. Their complaints are dismissed as if they never existed and that sinks deep into their souls. No wonder some have turned the machines they are given to protect  lives with to take their own life. And the number is worrying but no step has been made so has to curb the situation.

The terror advance day in day but but those to deal with them are still halted in the previous century. In some situations they first need to the vehicle before engine bust into life. That itself depletes their energy before  they combat the insurgence which again the human right activists are on their neck. Not that I support violation of one's right but at times it becomes necessary more so if it is do or die situation but these activist never of that. They always take police as guys with no right. They hardly defend them but their opponents.

We know they are not angels but at least we need to give them support and motivation as they perform their duty because without them be rest assured you could not be enjoying that right you always shout of. With the threat from al shabaab it is time we have to give the easiest time and appreciate all they do because and stop pointing fingers at them because of the problems of our own making.

Why do you incite people to kill then point fingers at policemen? We must know that as at now one police monitors over 2000 Kenyans. The figure is too large and they cannot account for each individual as we expect the to. In fact if you cannot even account for the moves  your family members of four are realistic to expect them to do that for 2000 people?

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