Nearly 100 Administration Police officers deployed to Kilifi and Tana River Counties in 2015 have complained that they are being neglected in the bush.
The members of the Quick Response Team were sent to the regions to fight terrorism, ethnic clashes, cattle rustling and poaching, among other criminal activities.
The disgruntled officers from the have accused their bosses in Nairobi of “sleeping on the job” and squandering their allowances worth millions of shillings.
Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, the officers accused the AP head of operations, Assistant Deputy Inspector-General Peter Pamba, of doing nothing to address their plight.
“Our bosses have taken advantage of the police standing orders to do injustice to us, knowing they will not be held accountable,” said a senior officer.
“Every time we complain, they brand us activists,” he added.
The officers from Gongoni Ngao Platoon 1 in Kilifi and Ngao Platoon 2 in Tana Delta claimed they had worked for several months without adequate food supplies, prompting them to seek help from the Kenya Defence Forces.
“It’s ridiculous for us to depend on others yet there is a Sh250,000 allocation to purchase food and other stuff,” said an officer.
“Who is pocketing this money if not our bosses at Jogoo House?”
In 2015, one of the officers serving in Ngao Platoon 2 shot his colleague dead in what some officers described as a case of “work-related frustration”.
“We witnessed that unfortunate killing and to date we have not been counselled or visited by any commander to mourn with us,” said one of the officers.
“That memory keeps coming when we see the tent where the shooting took place.”
A Nation team that visited the camps discovered that the officers’ clothes were tattered.
The beds they use resemble hospital stretchers, with some of them improvised.
When the Nation contacted Deputy Inspector-General Samuel Arachi, he dismissed the officers’ complaints as untrue.
In a brief telephone interview, before disconnecting the call, Mr Arachi said action is being taken to transfer the officers and replace them with new ones.
“You need to know the role of such specialised officers,” he said.
“They are answerable to county commanders and not us at the headquarters.”