Chiefs in Kakamega County have asked the government to pay them risk allowance to motivate them.
The chiefs who held their annual general meeting yesterday in Kakamega, said they were exposed to many dangers and therefore deserved such allowances.
“We are exposed to all sorts of dangers while dealing with criminals. In Lamu, a chief and his assistant were killed while on duty," said Walter Mukunga, a chief in Kisa East. “You can't expect us to work in such a hostile environment without a risk allowance. We also need firearms," he added.
Benjamin Washiali, the Majority Whip in the National Assembly, backed the chiefs' demands.
“I'll engage House Administration and National Security Committee chair Paul Koinange on the possibility of introducing monthly risk allowance for chiefs and their assistants,” he said.
In June 2016, then Butere Deputy County Commissioner Jack Obuo urged the government to allow chiefs to be armed.
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