The elite Kenyan anti terror squad that is paid peanuts
06 April 2015, 10:00
Nairobi - Maybe KES 500 is alot of money to some, but it is certainly not enough for a specialized team tasked with eliminating terrorists.
Ask Recce squad, the well endowed anti terror police unit that is said to have eliminated the terrorists at the Garissa University College within 30 minutes of arrival at the scene.
The Recce squad, according to officers that spoke to News24 but did not want to be mentioned for obvious reasons were paid all of KES 500 allowance after completing the job at the college Thursday and eliminated the terrorists that killed 148 innocent Kenyans.
Yes folks, KES 500.
KES 500 can buy you a few beers in a police staff canteen, eight to be exact.
KES 500 can buy breakfast for a week. That is if you fancy tea and bread without butter.
KES 500 can buy telephone airtime to last you, well, a day, two, three.. You get the drift.
How much is KES 500 in the face of terrorism?
How much should such highly trained and massively talented officers earn in allowances?
" I would have liked to buy my children something very nice for Easter,"a Recce squad told News24. Well, 500 bob can't bu you much if you know where this is heading.
Security expert Josiah Enkai says that despite the police force and such special units not being lucrative careers, there is room to review and improve by a long way, how much such officers are paid.
" No one is asking that they be paid millions of shillings, but KES 500 is just a joke for a squad that has been trained in the best facilities in the world," he said.
" They do a specialized job. Specialists are well paid, or should be at-least paid well enough to be comfortable. I can imagine how the officers feel after such a job. They are not recognized in public and are paid badly. It is very wrong," he adds.
According to sources, the issue of allowances is being worked on but how much higher it will go, we wait and see.
But sit down and think about it. KES 500, yes, 500.
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