Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has issued a statement after a police constable attached to his security detail shot dead his wife before turning the gun on himself on the evening of April 6, 2021.
Taking to Twitter, the CS termed the incident and unfortunate, noting that the officers were young and had both of their futures ahead of them.
The officer since identified as, Hudson Wakise and his wife, police constable Pauline Wekesa are said to have been involved in a domestic row before the tragic incident happened.
File image of Police Constable Hudson Wakise. |Courtesy| Twitter|
"I am deeply pained by the tragic incident involving PC Hudson Wakise and his wife PC Pauline Wakasa both young and vibrant Police officers with brilliant futures tragically ended in their shocking demise," Matiang'i wrote.
The CS noted that the National Police Service (NPS) has in the recent past grappled with a series of psychological relapse cases among its officers.
"It's a rude awakening to psychosocial challenges amongst some of our young officers that we have no choice but to now pay greater attention to," he stated.
"My sincere condolences to their families and friends," Matiang'i mourned.
The CS's sentiments echo a reports issued in January 2021 by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) which highlighted an increase in cases of officer murders and suicide.
They attributed some of the cases to minimal supervision of junior officers who live outside the police camps.
"Stagnation in rank, disciplinary actions arising from desertion and inadequate monitoring of junior officers leaving outside police lines are among causes of stress in officers identified," an excerpt of the statement read in part.
NPSC in partnership with County Commissioners unanimously agreed to develop and strengthen a structured communication channel, as well as enhance monitoring of police officers.