Police Homicide: BY Caroline Gikunda: The sad story where CS Fred Matiang’i body guard killed his wife and committed suicide… We have seen arguments where people justify it by saying that police officers are badly paid and therefore depressed.
Having been married to a former college colleague who later became a police officer, having lived with them and in their quarters, I can say that the problem of the Kenyan police forces is in a deep rooted culture that starts right from their training.
It spreads to their nature of work and practically lives with them. If I have seen misery in life, I saw it in the police quarters.
Right from the training, these people are isolated. Regardless whether they’re family men or women, you are restricted from seeing them, and for the 9 months plus months that they’re in the training, not their parents, children or spouses are allowed to see them.
I am hoping this has since changed because I find it uncouth and anti the current times we are in.