Dec, 23rd 2020 – The national police service and the Kenya prisons service will start enjoying an enhanced group life insurance cover from January 2021. This is after the signing of a contract with the national Hospital Insurance Fund for the provision of the services.
The agreement is a culmination of lengthy deliberations and consultations. Among the key stakeholders who settled on the intra-government contracting model, with a view to addressing the escalating claims of unpaid life insurance and annuity benefits or to service members or their designated beneficiaries.
Interior and citizen services principal secretary Karanja Kibicho said, “It is a culmination of lengthy deliberations and consultations among the key stakeholders, who settled on the intra-government contracting model to address the escalating claims of unpaid life insurance and annuity benefits to service members or their designated beneficiaries.”
Principal secretary Kibicho said that this is part of the government’s systematic effort to institutionalize welfare and protection programs for the 131,816 officers who have to contend with life changing situations through the cause of their duties.
He said, “We’ve had challenges in providing our officers with these services, and that is why we decided to engage NHIF to protect them just like the other civil servants.”
He added, “The entities were strictly guided by the existing public procurement procedures.”
According to the PS, the ultimate goal is to harmonize the insurance policy benefits of officers with those of other civil servants and tailor them to address vulnerabilities of the surviving families of those who lose their lives in line of duty.
The agreement was signed at a function attended by PS State Department for Correctional Services Zeinab Hussein, Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai and the Commissioner for Kenya Prisons Service Wycliffe Ogallo.