Police Constable Swaleh Rehemah has reached out to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai over harassment by her seniors at Lang’ata police station.
Constable Rehemah through an interview with Kenyans. co. ke stated that she was frustrated by her boss OCPD – Benjamin Mwanthi – and the OCS – William Matu. She alleged that they sent her a deserter, meaning her salary will be cut off. They also reportedly denied her a maternal leave a few days after she delivered.
“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 intimidation and frustrations.
“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,” Rehemah urged.
She has also lamented about the same issues through her Instagram page exposing her bosses who have made her life hell difficult.
In a series of posts on her Instagram stories, Rehemah alleged that she worked tirelessly when she was between 7 and 9 months pregnant. The OCS and the OCP who were recently posted to the station, she claimed, did not attempt to reach out to her personally to sort her issue.
The OCS, she added summoned her later and ordered her to report to work while she was in the late months of her pregnancy. She honored the call and the outcome, she stated, was being reposted to another police post, West Park, which is managed by the Langata Police Station.
One Twitter User, Beth Kasinga has taken a screenshot of her complaints and tagged DCI calling for action.
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Rehemah, according to her statements, worked at West Park for a month only to be summoned again by the records personnel who informed her that she was poised to face disciplinary action. The official told her that she had been reported for absenteeism and that she was supposed to work at the Langata Police Station rather than West Park.
“The duty roster was changed and I was reposted back to Langata without being informed,” she complained.
She reportedly faced her bosses and asked for clarification on why they were transferring her from one station to another yet she was seven months pregnant.
“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 added.
Rehemah was blessed with a baby on June 2, sadly through an emergency caesarian operation (cs – surgery). She alleged that she was denied her leave despite sending her birth notification to her colleagues who allegedly filed it at the police station.
“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.
“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,” she lamented.
This is not the first time a female officer is complaining about harassment at work. Another officer based in Mombasa also raised the same complaint and IG Mutyambai promised to act.
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