Recognition of the right to adequate housing of the police in Kenya
Kirima, Ivy Wangui
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The right to adequate housing of the police has not been adequately catered for under the law nor in practice in Kenya, yet it is enshrined in the highest law of the land, the Constitution of Kenya under Article 43(b). This study sought to establish the extent to which the housing rights of the police have been ignored, the inadequacies of the current laws in addressing the poor housing that the police are currently facing and come up with recommendations on how best to solve the problem. The study hopes the proposed recommendations will be used by the government in the on-going security reforms. The study was conducted through literature review of housing norms, analysis of the current laws & policies in the country on housing and labour relation laws and their role in the inadequate recognition of the right to housing currently being faced by the police. A comparative study was additionally made between the Republic of South Africa and Kenya, as South Africa has historically been plagued by the problem of marginalized groups in the housing sector due to the shortfalls of the law. In order to solve the problem, the study recommends the reform of current housing laws and policies and other relevant laws in the country to cater in a special way for the unique needs of the police as pertaining to institutional housing, and the introduction of welfare Schedule under the National Police Service (Amendment) Act No. 11 of 2014.Additionally, the study recommends that public and private partnerships need to be embraced should the current problem have any hope of being solved.