NAIROBI, Kenya, May 4 – Parliament and the Executive arm of government are headed for another showdown after the Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Administration ignored a letter from the president nominating Amina Masoud as the chairperson of the National Police Service Commission
The committee has instead decided to vet all the 10 candidates who were shortlisted for the post and will now prepare a report with its own recommendations on the suitability of the candidates.
The matter has previously been rocked by controversy after Prime Minister Raila Odinga rejected the president’s list, claiming that he had not been consulted.
Later, two organisations obtained an order from the High Court prohibiting President Kibaki from receiving the names from the Speaker of the National Assembly for appointment.
Bernard Mbai and Danish-based lawyer Migundo Winja were first to appear before the committee to sell the vision for the commission which is to oversee transformation and performance of the police service.
The commission will be responsible for appointing an Inspector General of Police, two deputies and a Criminal Investigation Department Director.
Former Interim Independent Boundaries Review Commission commissioner Murshid Mohamed told that team that if given a chance he would set up a basket fund where donors can support the police reforms and also that the service supplements the allocation it receives from the Government.
Former FIDA Executive Director Jean Njeri Kamau who had been dropped from the list of shortlisted candidates in unclear circumstances also appeared before the committee.
When she appeared before the team, the presidential nominee Amina Masoud told the MPs that she was qualified because she had met the basic requirements of the job despite lacking a background in the police force and legal sector.
In February, a member of the panel that interviewed candidates for the National Police Service Commission opposed the shortlisted candidates for the post of chairperson, claiming that the process was flawed.
Lydia Gachoya, a commissioner at the National Gender and Equality Commission differed with the unilateral decision reached by members of the selection panel to strike off the name of Jean Kamau whom she argues was ranked second.
Gachoya claimed that Kamau’s name was removed to give undue advantage to Murshid Mohamed for the post.
“This to me is deceiving the two principals who will never know that Jean Kamau had even applied. The selection for the post of chairperson was not done by consensus and was flawed and procedurally had errors, was biased, discriminatory and in my opinion rampant inequality was evident,” Gachoya said.