• Matiang'i has asked the ministry to form rules banning police officers from having intimate relations with colleagues to prevent cases of officer couples killing each other.
•“We will adopt a system similar to that of the Kenya Defence Forces which bars the soldiers from getting into intimate relationships with their colleagues," he said.
Interior CS Fred Matiang'i has said the government is crafting stringent rules to curb cases of sexual harassment in the police service.
He on Friday said a team had been formed to come up with rules that will guide relationships in the National Police Service.
He said among others, the move is aimed at addressing rising cases of sexual harassment and killings in the service.
However, Kenyans are asking whether rules can prevent two adults from falling in love.
Matiang'i had said, “We will adopt a system similar to that of the Kenya Defence Forces which bars the soldiers from getting into intimate relationships with their colleagues."
"Moving forward, it will be illegal for a police officer to date or get married to a fellow law enforcement officer. If it happens that two police officers fall in love, then one has to leave the Service."
Kenyans are questioning how effective the 'love ban' would be.
Matiangi reasons that if police officers were married to ordinary citizens and not fellow officers then crimes of passion will reduce. No data to support that assertion, just vibes😂😂 why do distinguished people out of government suddenly become fools when they join government?— YANO (@_Yanoh) April 30, 2021
I think this is a nonstarter idea. Legislating love relations isn’t a walk to the nearest kiosk. I would rather see extensive background checks done and have a robust psychiatric and mental illness evaluations for officers licensed to carry weapons. People need to raise red flags— Ben JN Keraro (@BenJN25_29) April 30, 2021
Upuzi mtupu. Instead of focusing on the mental health of those in the service. Mental health for our men/women in uniform is important. There's nothing that stops them from committing these marital murders whether it's between themselves, civilians or animals.— Wegesa Wegesa (@wegesawegesa) April 30, 2021
So Matiang'i will be monitoring if police are indeed not having relationships?For sure Kenya has many busybodies.— VanreyNewAfrica™ (@VVanrey) April 30, 2021
The ministry is set to form rules banning police officers from having intimate relations with colleagues in order to avert marital murders, Interior CS Fred Matiang'i Says— BRAVIN YURI (@BravinYuri) April 30, 2021
I really don't think this will help at all. Will it? I also feel there will be a suit regarding this. 🤔
Matiang'i's remarks come nearly three weeks after a bodyguard attached to his office and his wife, a traffic officer, died in a murder suicide.
General Service Unit officer Hudson Wakise shot and killed his wife Pauline Wakasa before turning the gun on himself.
Wakasa was given a full ceremonial send-off but Wakise was buried without police presence. They were interred in their separate family homes.
Matiangi should stop watching Nigerian movies! A violent person is a violent person & if a policeman can kill another policeman what makes one think a policeman marrying a civilian is safe? Isn't that directing violence towards civilians?— Charles Ole Kapaiku KBS, OTC, KFC, SGR. (@CharlesKabaiku) April 30, 2021
#PeoplesMarchToStatehouse— Ouma Onyango (@SLauncelott) April 30, 2021
Illicit love stories will be on the rise and again this is a naive way of thinking, Things like love are nature wired, setting not withstanding.
Let people marry as they wish, Free world is what we stand for.
Matiang'i must come slow.
Last week, ODM leader Raila Odinga bemoaned the increasing cases of spouses killing one another in domestic fights.
The AU Infrastructure envoy decried that “too many lives are being lost on daily basis going by media reports.”
Raila, calling for an urgent national discussion on gender based violence, said the “abnormality of the murders cannot become the normal.”
Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko further advised couples to learn how to say sorry instead of resorting to killings.
Kweli CS Fred Matiangi trying to have in place rules to curb the police officers from getting intimate to each other,Je atawezana??— Lowoto.E.Moses🇰🇪🇰🇪 (@EkalMoses) April 30, 2021
So, Dr. Fred Matiang'i is going to formulate rules that will bar police officers from marrying each other to avoid "marital murders?" 😆😆😆. What kick of fuckery is this? So, police are murderers and when they marry each other, they become 2 lunatic murders in one house?— Juma G 🇰🇪 (@jumaf3) April 30, 2021
“The recent cases of domestic violence involving the killing of spouses, children and even parents like the case of the young man in Kisumu are extremely disturbing, and we need to bring this bad culture to an end as Kenyans,” Sonko said.
In his ninth address on the Covid-19 pandemic, President Uhuru Kenyatta raised concerns with the "increasing tensions within (our) homes."
The President ordered the National Crime Research Centre to probe the escalating cases of gender-based violence and violation of children’s rights.
If a Police is currently married to another police officer and they have kids together, will they divorce because Matiang'i wants no intimate relationship between Officers?— #SimplicityIsComplex™ (@andivamorgan) April 30, 2021