NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25 – Three women are among five candidates who were interviewed to be members of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) on Wednesday, as the panel questioning them raced against time to finalise its job.
Those interviewed were Grace Madoka, Jane Njoki, Jedida Ntoyai. Other interviewees were Robert Odhiambo and Fredrick Okoiti.
Former Provincial Prisons Commander Ambrose Ngare was the first to be interviewed on Monday followed by Joseph Murithi, Richard Onsongo and Hassan Bardad.
A former director with the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission (KACC) John Mutonyi, Tororei Kipngetich, Balale Samuel, Tasfae and Mbugua Thomas Kagwe appeared before the interview panel on Tuesday.
The interviews that are scheduled to run until Friday are taking place at the Public Service Commission. Twenty six candidates have been shortlisted.
The panel is mandated to nominate members of the authority which will be responsible for investigating complaints raised against police officers.
The panel is chaired by Tache Gollo and has members drawn from the Office of the President, Prime Minister’s office, the Judicial Service Commission and the civil society among others.
On Tuesday, Mutonyi (a former KACC deputy director) was hard pressed to explain why he failed to investigate complaints raised against former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali by a junior officer.
Mutonyi was working under the then Director Justice (Rtd) Aaron Ringera when the officer – Mohammed Godana Jarsa, then a Superintendent of Police sent the complaint in a letter dated August 10, 2006.
He admitted knowledge of the complaint raised against him and clarified that when the letter was presented to him, he took appropriate action as required by law before the matter was referred to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).
“I did not decline to carry out the investigations on the matter. Upon receipt of the complaint from this officer, I took up the matter and assigned it to one of the officers. It was later recommended that it be taken up by the Kenya Revenue Authority because the case in question was about tax evasion,” he said.
The officer had complained in the letter that Ali, the then CID Director Joseph Kamau and then Head of Police Operations Peter Kavila had been interfering with a tax evasion case he was investigating alongside two other officers who were all transferred from their stations.
Jarsa was sacked when he failed to report to his new station in Lokitaung.