Boys in Blue? Really?
So they are called They Boys in Blue, huh? Police I mean. Well, has anyone out there ever seen a police officer in Kenya with a VISIBLY NEW blue shirt? Coz I havent. And they all look old and faded to me like they are hand me downs from their older brothers and sisters. Bringing me to the question of this post. Kwani, polisi wa Kenya hununuliwa shati za mtush? Or maybe they are tailored from old blue bedsheets from government hospitals?
As far as I know, new clothes have a NEW feel. Anyone will recognize a new garment from a few metres away. They have this bright and smooth look. And forgive me for stating the obvious but even a good second hand shirt looks new. If you get a pretty good one, everyone will think you walked into Enka Rasha and bought your shirt while the only time you ever entered Enka Rasha was to avoid an annoying neighbor/relative/stalker who was walking in your direction and, once inside, all you did was walk around wondering why a shirt would cost Ksh 3,000 yet that would fetch you ten in Gikomba market.
On the other hand, the female officers have nice white ones that actually look new sometimes. Those white blouses look good so I have no complaint there. Only thing I have noticed about them has nothing to do with uniform. The majority of female officers in this country are all flat-assed women with love handles and are permanently on PMS. Mess with them and you will find out And while a friend of mine went to Rwanda and told me the female cops there are beautiful women you wouldn't mind going after, their Kenyan counterparts are women you would probably need encouragement from a crate of beer and a sex-drought of about
Anyway, back to the male uniforms, I think I now know why police are always in a foul mood. Having to wear hand-me-downs or second-hand uniforms to work everyday is not easy. I think they are missing new uniforms. Crisp new ones. That would actually make them walk with some bit of swagger as opposed the current am-the-idiot-in-old-uniform walk they normally trot around with.
So if you have any new blue shirt, carry it around. The next time you see a sad cop, hand it to them and say, "Boss, Hiyo yako imefade sana. Jaribu hii uone kama itakutoshea."