Cases of frustrations related to work in the police service continue to show a worrying trend as more officers are boldly coming out to speak about harassment by bosses.
The most recent incident involves Lang’ata Police Station based police woman who has accused her superiors of frustrating her while pregnant.
Taking to Instagram, Police Constable Swaleh Rehema accused OCPD – Benjamin Mwanthi, and the OCS William Matu of making her life difficult.
Rehema claimed that the bosses made her work in two work stations when she was seven months pregnant until she gave birth.
Rehema gave birth on June 2 through a C-section.
She was later to be denied maternity leave.
Rehema had been disciplined over absenteeism
She was posted to West Park police post and Lang’ata Police Station.
She worked at West Park for a month only to be summoned for a second time by the records personnel who informed her that she was going to face disciplinary action.
Later she informed that she was supposed to work at the Lang’ata Police Station and not West Park.
“The duty roster was changed and I was reposted back to Langata without being informed,” she complained.
“I filed a case with the Internal Affairs, but I later withdrew it as I was too weak to move around and keep pace with the proceedings.”
She alleged that in spite of sending her birth notification to her colleague who allegedly filed it at the police station, her superiors still insisted that she files it herself.
They threatened to not have her salary remitted.
“The OCS has refused me leave. Other ladies who delivered before me sent their notifications and they were granted leave. I am told that I should have personally taken my birth notification,” complained Rehema.
“With my surgical wound, I can’t even walk well. I was further shocked when they stated that I deserted work. I received a deserter meaning that my salary will be cut off.”
The officer is now asking Inspector general of police Hillary Mutyambai to look into her situation.
“What I can tell Mutyambai as our boss is that he should really look into our situation as ladies in the police service. We are facing a lot of intimidations and frustrations,” said the officer.
“At times we can’t speak out as we are curtailed. He should help us and I know I have spoken on behalf of my colleagues somewhere who are suffering too.”