By Joy Kyalo
Commissioner General of Prisons Wycliffe Ogalo yesterday announced that the salary phase four increments and allowances to staff is underway.
However, the commissioner general did not disclose the increment percentages.
The changes are part of a new grading system that was approved by the Public Service Commission in a move aimed at harmonising prison staff pay with that of the National Police Service.
He also noted that the president is set to inaugurate the National Telecommunication Service (NSTS) that will provide the necessary inter-grated multi-agency communication system to address the identified gaps and challenges within the National security sector and selected government agencies.
Under the new pay structure, prison staff trainees will be starting off on a salary of Sh20,740. Sh38,980 will be the maximum amount that a constable will pocket before promotion to the next rank. The highest paid officer will earn Sh323,640 at job group 14 ,up from Sh212,270.
He thanked the staff for their service throughout the challenging year that saw the department hit by Covid-19 , both at the prison headquarters and in various prisons.
Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons Florence Momanyidisclosed that at some point she and a few other staff housetested positive for Covid, forcing the headquarters to be closed for two weeks.