By Cyrus Ombati
Murmurs of discontent are brewing within the middle and lower ranks of the police and prisons services after news spread that they might not get promised salary increments.
This was after the government announced on Monday that at least 133,000 civil servants and National Youth Service (NYS) personnel will from the end of this month get a salary increment.
Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno said on Monday that the new salary adjustments would involve civil servants in job groups A to T.
Those in job groups M to T got a 12-20 percent increment. He said the ministry had received Sh6.8 billion in this financial year for the salary adjustments.
After the news of the increment came out with an indication the police may not get the promised money, some of the officers jammed their system paralyzing operations since Monday night.
Instead, the officers hurled insults at their seniors and played music through the system.
Reports said the Treasury and the Directorate of Personnel Management have agreed not to implement in full a pay package approved for the officers until the Police Service Commission promised by the new Constitution is set up.
The pending pay increase is part of the second phase of a package earlier approved by the Ministry of Internal Security and Treasury, but the latter has defaulted on its pledge to submit Sh9 billion.
On Monday night and Wednesday, senior officers were at some point unable to issue instructions via pocket radios, since some junior officers were using the same media.
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