members of the National police Service have been gagged and prohibited from airing welfare grievances and service operations on social media.
In a notice to all officers, Inspector General of Police (IG) Hilary Mutyambai warned any officer found sharing information with either the press or social media will face disciplinary action.
“Chapter 24 section 55 of the Service Standing Order prohibits officers from transmitting information through social media unless they are on official business.” The IG said.
This comes a month after a female officer pleaded with Inspector General to allow her to resign from the service, claiming her seniors have blocked her resignation letters.
The new order will be enforced at a time the officers in uniform have incessantly complained of deteriorating welfare issues notably delayed promotion, alleged skewed deployment as a form of punishment and other frustrations by seniors that have gone unaddressed.
The police boss noted that sharing information with the media and the public either verbally or otherwise must be done in accordance with the regulations.
The female officer, attached to the Traffic Department in Mombasa County went viral on social media where she laments against of unfair treatment and sexual harassment.
She accused the office of Internal Affairs of not addressing the plight of female police officers and even urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to disband it.