Commission to appeal ruling awarding police graduates pay increase
SEE ALSO :IG hopeful gets nod from joint MPs team“The commission would urgently constitute a full meeting to deliberate on the judgment, seek legal opinion and give necessary directions concerning the orders of the court. We advise our police officers that there is need to always exhaust all administrative provisions and opportunity for dialogue in resolving disputes,” the statement said. They argued the IG had discovered irregular salary upgrades in the service payroll based on acquisition of degree certificates by officers without following due process. “This informed its decision to order for stoppage of any new changes in the payroll and an audit of the payroll and the degree certificates of all the officers to verify their authenticity.” IG stated. They added there is a procedure to be followed for officers pursuing degree courses after recruitment, which include seeking approval from the service. “Officers who acquire degrees without following the due procedures and obtaining necessary approvals cannot claim any benefits or privileges based on the same,” they said.
SEE ALSO :Mutyambai to be sworn in todayThey argued the court relied on a press release and a 1995 letter by Gaylord Avedi, the then Permanent Secretary in the directorate of personnel without regard that the National Police Service did not exist and there are new laws in place. Their statement further read: “The orders issued cannot be reasonably implemented without structured and coordinated multi-government agencies consultative policy approach…police cannot function effectively with a distorted command where the inspectorate rank overshoot the establishment whose net effect is a command structure distorted at the middle level.” Justice Byron Ongaya of the Employment and Labour Relations court on May 17 gave the State up to August 1 to comply with the order. He said constables who are university graduates on a salary scale below job group J are entitled to a pay scale equivalent to that of an inspector of police as clarified by the commission in March 2018 and should get the pay in 60 days. “Order is hereby issued to NPSC and Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai to pay all graduate police constables salaries equivalent to pay for inspectors and as per the prevailing NPSC policy," directed Ongaya.
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