Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has prohibited marriage between police officers.
Speaking at the National Police Service (NPS) training college, Kiganjo Campus in Nyeri, Matiang’i said officers across the police ranks won’t be allowed to tie the knot.
The Super CS noted that the directive would take effect from July.
According to Matiang’i, the move is aimed at minimising indiscipline in the police service.
“Moving forward, it will be illegal for a police officer to date or get married to a fellow law enforcement officer. If it happens that two police officers fall in love, then one has to leave the service,” he said.
This comes at a time when cases of married police officers killing one another with their guns have been on the rise.
On 7th April, an officer attached to the Ministry of Interior killed his wife following a domestic row. He also turned the gun on himself, leaving behind two children.
“The National Police Service sadly confirms the demise of Force No.99047 Police Constable Hudson Wakise and his wife (Force No.98615), Police Constable Pauline Wakasa following what seems to have been a domestic altercation in the early hours of the evening yesterday.
“PC Wakise was attached to the VIP protection at the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government while his wife was a traffic officer attached to Kilimani Police Station,” Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai said in a statement.