By Amina Faki
Members of Parliament are in an underway discussion of a new law to create a special police unit that will exclusively serve them.
This is a privilege that they wish to add to the list of privileges that they already have including hefty salaries and perks.
If the proposed law is passed, unlike the regular police, the special unit to some extent will be under the control of the Parliament.
According to the bill that was sponsored by the Majority Leader Aden Duale, if there is an established Parliamentary Police Unit then net shall be a specialized police service that will be under the supervision of the National Police Service and the command of the Inspector General of the National Police.
He added that the standard operating procedures and the staffing requirements of the Parliamentary Police Unit shall take into account the views of the Parliamentary Service Commission which has the ability to request transfer or redeployment of the officers of the Unit.
However, it is in direct contravention of the Constitution that confirms the independence of the police service in regard to hiring, deployment and operational matters.
The Bill says that the officer in charge of the Parliamentary Police Reports Unit shall make such periodic reports as may be specified in the standard operating procedures to the Parliamentary Service Commission. It added that the changes seek professionalism of the Parliamentary Service Commission by endorsing it with non-partisan persons with administrative and technical competence.