DP Gachagua Pledges 40% Salary Rise for Police Officers

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DP Gachagua Pledges 40% Salary Rise for Police Officers

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has pledged a 40 percent raise in the salaries of police officers nationwide. Speaking to a gathering in Kirinyaga, he emphasized the importance of law enforcement officers providing excellent services to the community.

“We’re committed to increasing police salaries by 40%, but I urge them to give back to society by upholding integrity,” stated the Deputy President.

Gachagua also warned of consequences for officers found collaborating with criminals, particularly illicit brewers, stating they would face prosecution rather than mere internal disciplinary measures.

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In efforts to combat the drug trade, Gachagua announced the deployment of additional security personnel in Kirinyaga to intensify efforts against illicit alcohol production.

“Illicit brews are thriving because the officers are busy taking bribes. Had President William Ruto and I not intervened, the entire generation in this region would have been wiped out by poisonous alcohol in ten years,” he stated.

“Traders using shortcuts to enrich themselves through poisonous alcohol must know that their days are numbered. We, however, have no problem with legitimate alcohol,” Gachagua stated.

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Additionally, Gachagua highlighted that he had instructed the Kirinyaga County Commissioner, County Police Commander, County Director of Directorate of Criminal Investigations, and the County Administration Police Commander to return to Nairobi to facilitate investigations following the deaths of 13 individuals due to the consumption of illicit alcohol.

Furthermore, Gachagua called for the summoning of the area chief and assistant chief. He also involved the Judiciary, advising them to refrain from issuing orders that prevent the arrest and prosecution of unscrupulous traders who seek to profit by selling illicit alcohol.

“Chief Justice Martha Koome, how come all traders of illicit brews are getting orders to continue selling the poisonous brews? To the Judges and the Chief Justice, what will you tell Kenyans? Judges should be patriotic and reasonable. How can you apply the law to the detriment of the people,” he remarked.

Since 2023, the Deputy President has been spearheading a campaign against illicit alcohol, as well as drug and substance abuse nationwide. He has been actively engaging stakeholders from various regions and agencies in this effort.

On February 6, tragedy struck as 13 individuals reportedly lost their lives after consuming expired alcohol known as “California” in Kangai Village, Mwea, located in Kirinyaga County.

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In response to the incident, enraged residents took matters into their own hands later in the day, setting fire to the alcohol den where the lethal brew had been sold to the deceased victims.

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DP Gachagua Pledges 40% Salary Rise for Police Officers

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