MPs to discuss laws on police reforms

November 17, 2010 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 17- Three Parliamentary Committees are expected to hold a two-day retreat in Mombasa to discuss five Bills aimed at reforming policing in Kenya.

The meeting organised by the Police Reforms Implementation Commission (PRIC) is expected to commence on Friday and will be attended by the Parliamentary Committees on the Implementation of the new Constitution, Justice and Legal Affairs and the one on Security and Administration.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, PRIC Chairman Titus Naikuni said the Bills are crucial in the harmonisation of service delivery and revolutionalising of the Kenya Police and Administration Police.

The Bills to be discussed at the symposium include the National Police Service Bill 2010, the National Police Service Commission Bill, Independent Policing Oversight Authority Bill (IPOA), Private Security Industry Regulation Bill 2010 and the National Coroners Service Bill.

The proposed new laws are borne out of the Ransley Report recommendations that are in tandem with the new Constitution.

Mr Naikuni explained the meeting was meant to seek consensus on the proposed Bills before they are tabled in Parliament for debate.

"We will be working towards seeking a common ground with the lawmakers in relation to the five Bills lined up that are very critical in the implementation of the Police Reforms," said Mr Naikuni.

Under the new Constitution, a new structure to run the fresh police outfit will be formed. It will include the Police Service Commission, National Police Service and Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

The National Police Service Bill will be seeking to provide a unified force of administration and regular police under a single command of Inspector General with clarified roles and functions.

Under the National Police Service Bill, it is recommended that an Inspector-General will not necessarily be a police officer but a citizen of Kenya, who possess a degree from a recognised university and has served in a senior management position for at least 10 years and has knowledge and experience in matters relating to criminal justice, security and strategic management.

The National Police Service Commission Bill seeks to mandate the commission to make appointments, promotions, transfers and enforce discipline besides overseeing the terms and conditions of officers.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority Bill mandates civilians to investigate and deal with complaints against unlawful conduct of officers. The Oversight Authority would also be mandated to monitor professionalism, effectiveness and efficiency of the police, promote fundamental rights, freedoms and accountability.

Private Security Industry Regulation Bill, once operational, will seek to regulate the industry and harmonise the operations the private security industry.


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