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Police officers lack proper housing

23 February 2016, 11:20 Mike Munga

Nairobi - Housing shortage remains the major concern for the National Police Service in Kenya, according to Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

In a recent survey by the Authority, Kenya police service currently has a shortfall of 28 922 housing units against a staff complement of 39 238 as at August 2015.

The report indicates that 80 percent of approximately 30 000 Administration police service officers are not housed either.

IPOA Chairman, Macharia Njeru said in a press conference Monday that the challenges are a result of neglect and non- implementation of institutional and policy reform recommendation by successive governments.

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The Authority called for appropriate policy interventions, programmes and strategies to improve policing work conditions and welfare.

"The existing infrastructure is un-conducive for human habitation and family life. The lack of a clear policy framework is worsening the situation," he said.

He said the shortage has led to overcrowding of police officers hence a hindrance to quality policing.

"In some cases, a single housing unit is shared by up to three officers who have families," he said.

He called on the government to enhance housing allowances for police officers then abandon government supplied police housing and shift to allowance-based scheme.

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