Junior officers were relieved to learn that they would have housing when Inspector General of Police Martins Okoth-Ochola ordered senior officers to leave the freshly built apartments at Naguru police barracks immediately.
However, in a turn of events, information indicates that the junior officers will also not be accommodated in the vacated apartments after police management decided to turn them into offices.
Reports indicate that the offices of the Directorate of ICT and Mineral Police Unit are among the units that have been relocated to the completed apartments and other units are expected to be shifted to the apartments late this month.
Last week Police spokesperson Fred Enanga revealed that the police public accounts committee took a decision that senior officers, especially those from the Directorate of Forensic Services, who had been accommodated in the apartments, relocate.
“Senior officers aren’t supposed to stay in the barracks unless there is a special case. The officers from the Forensic Services will leave the apartments. The only officers from ICT are in a special category because of the nature of their work, so they will stay,” Mr Enanga said.
One of the biggest issues facing the police force is accommodation. The Force, which currently has 52,000 members, has a 33,000-unit housing shortage and even the existing housing units, 9,200 need critical repairs.