At SDG, one of our target groups is Public Officers including the police. With the election approaching, we believe it is important to hear from members of the police to give them a platform to share their thoughts.
We start with an Administration Police Officer from Nairobi.
As a police officer, what are the biggest challenges you think you will face during campaign season and the election?
Hate speech taking the lead in most campaign related issues.
How does your job impact on your family? Are they more fearful for your safety during election time?
My family is fearful for my safety since my working area has been marked a hotspot area. I also have minimal time to spend with my family.
What do you think of the public’s attitude towards the police?
There is a negative attitude towards the police. We are on the fore front to undertake campaigns on "Askari ni wanadamu." We are fathers and mothers, daughters and sons, grandfathers and grandmothers, nephews and nieces and above all human beings just like you.
What will a typical working day be like for you in the run up to the election? How many hours a day are you likely to have to work?
We will be working for 24 hours. We actually work all day and all night long. It's even hectic because you can't even get time to rest at times.
What message do you have for people as they prepare to vote?
Peace is all we need. Elections will come and go and we need to stand strong and build our nation. No matter who wins the election, this great country needs each one of us. Tumeishi kama majirani, Tarehe 8 isitutenganishe.
Do you get to vote?
Most of the time we do not vote since you are not deployed to your working station.
What are some of the ways you would advise other parents to educate their children on the importance of peaceful voting?
It is important to carry out effective campaigns even to children. They will be the future voters and how we bring them up matters. Let us show them the right direction when it comes to voting.