Inspector-General of the Police Hillary Mutyambai on Thursday, 17th June, banned police officers from using social media handles as a platform to parade their unsolved issues.
The decision sparked a series of reactions among netizens.
“The Inspector-General has noted with a lot of concern that officers have developed a habit of using social media to advance their grievances without exhausting the laid down channels, which include quality assurance/complaint and gender offices at service headquarters and the Internal Audit Affairs Unit.”
This comes after Police Constable Swaleh Rehema, who is based at Lang’ata, Nairobi, accused her senior, OCS Chief Inspector William Matu of mishandling her by assigning her to do heavy duties throughout her pregnancy and near her due date.
“Sharing information with the media and the public either verbally or otherwise must be done in accordance with the regulations. Under section 6 (w), Chapter 30 of the Service Standing Order (SSO) to disclose or convey any information on police without proper authority. Serious disciplinary action will be taken against any police officer(s) found abusing the use of social media and sharing information with the press without proper authority.”
Here are some of comments:
alvooh: “Polisi pia ni raia… wako na freedom of expression pia (Police are citizens, too, have a right to the freedom to express themselves).”
Outlandish: “It’s an offense to have ‘right of expression?”
Berolaluoch: >Ati without permission police in Kenya hawana bahati (have no luck).”