Kenyans on social media have asked Inspector General (IG) National Police Service (NPS) Japhet Koome to promote Mary Moraa.
IG Koome, on Wednesday, August 30, met the 800m gold medalist at his office at the NPS headquarters.
“Congratulations and well done, you have made NPS proud”, said IG Koome.
The IG advised Corporal Moraa and her fellow NPS athletes to uphold discipline and shun malpractices particularly doping.
Moraa posted her personal best of 1:56.03 in Budapest winning Kenya one of the 10 medals from the 2023 World Championship event.
Moraa was enrolled in the Administration Police Service as a Police Constable in 2021.
Currently she serves under the Rapid Deployment Unit responsible for emergency response to public disorders.
Call for Promotion
However, Kenyans pressed IG Koome to promote Moraa to a higher rank in the police service, with others wondering why NPS was not recognizing her performance.
“Where’s the promotion? Asked a user by the name Ben Bitok
“Or they must know someone?” questioned Morfoii Ajuus.
Further, Tom Goko asked the IG to watch the last 60m of the 800m race at Budapest up to the dance session after Moraa won gold.
Goko added that a promotion is well deserved regardless Moraa’s years in service.
“Sir, she no longer deserves that ‘Constable’ title. Kindly promote her to the rank of Inspector please, ” said Kimstai.
Some argued that apart from monetary and material reward Moraa should be promoted to the next rank.
“Congratulations Moraa, however, the IG should have moved an extra mile by rewarding Moraa a one bar higher on her grade together with 1 m token for motivation do the needful, Kenyan are watching,” said Jasan Sniffer.
Others also asked the NPS to promote Moraa to be inspector just on merit.
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On the other hand, some Kenyans questioned why Moraa was promoted to be a corporal while Ferdinand Omanyala was promoted to an inspector position.
” Why was Omanyala given the rank of inspector and now Moraa a corporal, justice needed,” lamented Joseph Ndirangu.
NPS on Mary Moraa promotion
While responding to some of the concerns from the public, NPS explained that Moraa was promoted on merit to the rank of a corporal.
“She was promoted to the rank of Corporal on merit,” stated NPS.
Merit promotion is based on excellent and superior performance in the current position.
Merit indicates an employee’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and efficiency measured from the employee’s educational qualifications, experience, job performance and training records.
To get promotion based on merit requires hard work and sincerity on the part of the employee.
Ruto’s Reward scheme
While awarding Faith Kipyegon for breaking the 1,500m and 5,000m world records in June,2023, President William Ruto said athletes will get Ksh.5 million for every record they break.
“Going forward, we have decided as the government of Kenya that any Kenyan who participates in a world event and breaks a world record, unlike in the past where there was no recognition, going forward, for any world record broken by a Kenyan, Kenya is going to award Ksh.5 million,” said Ruto.
The government awarded Faith Kipyegon a house worth Ksh 6 million and Ksh 5 million in cash.
This was after Kipyegon broke two World Records in a span of one week at the Diamond League in Florence, Italy running 1,500m in a time of 3:49.11 and Paris, France running the 5,000m in 14:05.20.
The president also said the country with work with relevant organizations to nurture more talent in Kenya.