A former police officer languishing in abject poverty in Dandora is pleading with the new Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to reinstate him back to the service.
Husein Gedi says since his dismissal from the services on 4th April 2002 living with civilians has not been easy for him as most people refer him as an under-cover police officer.
Gedi says that this situation has caused him depression and has been unable to provide for his family.
“After I lost my job living a normal life with people was a thing of the past, civilians kept referring to me as an undercover police officer. They take me as someone who would snitch on them. The depression followed since my family was disintegrated…nothing precious I can compare to the family I lost,” Gedi said.
The ex-cop also says that to deepen his expertise in security after he left the service he has been undertaking volunteer work with the security agency in the perceived insecurity prone areas to undertake proliferation of small arm and disarmament along the border among other civic duties like working as enumerator in the last national population census and peace ambassador.
“I have been learning since I left the service, I have a diploma in IT, working as peace ambassador and the proliferation of small arms and disarmament along the border in Mandera county, all this I do so that I don’t lose the grip of experience of the job I loved which is service to the wananchi,”he added.
He also says that he had appealed to his employer, The National Police Service to be reinstated since he believes his dismissal was triggered by the ethnic rivalry between him and his senior as his senior is a Rendile whereas he comes from the Borana.
“Tribal rivalry and ethnicity cost me my job, I come from Borana tribe and my senior was from the Rendile so he did not just like me, that’s why he wrote negative reports about my conducts.”
He further says he is optimistic that the new administration in the police service will consider the letter he recently wrote seeking redress of the his terminated contract.
By Rodgers Oduor