Security Officers Who Killed Garissa University Terrorists Have Only Been Paid $5

GSU Recce

The officers from the General Service Unit’s Recce Squad who eliminated the terrorists who killed 148 people at the Garissa University College on Thursday have not been paid their allowances.

They were only given Sh500 each as lunch allowance.

Of the dead in Garissa, 142 were students.

Officers who spoke to the Daily Nation said their job lacked motivation in spite of the dangers it entails.

They expected to be paid Sh3,000 but they have not received the amount since it is only paid when they spend a night out on duty.

Yesterday, the Interior Ministry said the unit’s capacity would be strengthened to fight terrorism in the future, but the officers felt they were not receiving the treatment they deserved.

A source from the Ruiru-based squad said the paramilitary unit, which is trained in close quarters fighting, had been allocated two helicopters.

The unit, trained in the United States and Israel, is on standby for emergencies but orders for its deployment come from the Inspector-General of Police.

An officer attached to the squad Sunday said some of the members were deployed to situations that did not require their capacity.

“Some officers are deployed to areas such as Liboi, Malkamari, Turkwel and other disciplinary camps where their capacity wastes away,” said the officer, adding that some officers were even assigned to guard VIPs.

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