By Leo Mkhuwala
In what commentators have described as a campaign move, government has announced to have promoted about 7,000 junior police officers.
Announcing the promotion, government cites reduced crime rate as a motivation for the promotion.
The promotion comes before two weeks have elapsed since another promotion of over 20,000 teachers was announced.
On the promotion list, a total of 3,959 Constables have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant and 3,094 Sergeants to the rank of Sub-Inspector.
In the previous promotion, government had erroneously included on the list names of deceased teachers.
Commenting on the promotions for civil servants being effected in about a month or so before national polls, rights activists have not separated the move from the ongoing campaign ploy to bring back the lost confidence in a government that has over the past five years failed to motivate its workforce through better salaries, improving working conditions and promotion.