Officers demand pay for manning music festival
SEE ALSO :Embrace changes, Matiang’i tells policeKenya National Music Festival treasurer John Mureithi confirmed that each officer was to earn Sh1,000 per day for 10 days. Turned down The Standard has learnt that groundskeepers and cleaners were to be paid Sh800 per day, while scouts Sh1,000. On Thursday, the officers were called to Dedan Kimathi Resource Centre to collect their pay. However, they were shocked when they were informed they would only get Sh4,500 each. There was a standoff after the officers refused to take the money. They later grouped outside the main auditorium where they sought audience with the music festival officials over the matter.
SEE ALSO :Police gear up for new changesThis was confirmed by Mureithi, who said they had requested the Interior ministry for 300 officers only. "However, the list that was received on the final day had over 700 officers," he said. Fresh vetting "We were summoned for a briefing before the fete. At that time, we had not reached 300 officers. However, yesterday, when we were expecting payment, we were told the list had swollen to over 700 officers," said an officer. "More names have been added on the list so some people can pocket our allowances," the officers said.
SEE ALSO :Seven women land top police commandOn Saturday, the officers spent the entire day outside the office of County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia to push for their payment. Shisia said he was assessing complaints by the officers. He said he is also vetting the list and will ensure those who deserve to be paid get their money. "I am aware of that issue and we are cross-checking the list to establish the number of officers who had been engaged so they be paid," he said.