Newton Chebii, a General Service Unit (GSU) Recce officer, who lost his job in 2016 has finally been reinstated to his position.
The officer was fired for taking on Law degree classes at Strathmore without informing his superiors at the police headquarters.
According to the office of the Ombudsman, officer Chebii had been awarded a scholarship alongside one of his colleagues.
He would then be deployed to Kibera Welfare Canteen and were to be reporting to the officer in Charge.
The Ombudsman noted: “In 2016, the GSU Commanding Officer declared them deserters as they failed to appear when deployed back to the GSU Headquarters.
“This was due to the fact that they were attending classes and the officers at the headquarters were unaware of the same,” she concluded.
As a result, the two officers stopped receiving their salaries forcing them to seek the help of the Inspector General of police and his deputy.
However, on August 15, 2016, the station commandant affirmed that the ‘delayed salary’ payment was a result of a “communication breakdown” and they would get back their salaries.
Despite the assurance, only his colleague started getting his wages.
To worsen his state, Chebii was dismissed from service with his seniors who highlighted Section 88 (2) and sub-section (1) (c) of the Eighth Schedule of the National Police Service Act, 2011.
According to Section 88 (2), the law states: “The offences against discipline include the offences prescribed under the Eighth Schedule.”
Sub-Section (1) (c) clearly stipulates: “It shall be an offence against discipline for any police officer to—use threatening or insubordinate or disrespectful language, word, act or demeanor to a police officer senior to him in rank.”
It was his abrupt dismissal that pushed him to take his case to the National Police Service Commission.
Despite Chebii having been reinstated in 2017 with full salary and all the areas, he was yet to receive an official letter to convey that message.
He then approached the Ombudsman who finally resolved the case in January 2019.
“Interestingly, by the time he lodged the matter with Commission in August 2017, he had not received an outcome of the disciplinary matter,” the Ombudsman stated on Monday.