, NAIROBI, Kenya Oct 29 – The application deadline for the post of Inspector General of Police and two deputies lapsed on Monday, with nearly 100 candidates having sent in their applications.
Both civilians and serving police officers have applied to be considered for the coveted powerful positions in the National Police Service while others were locked out due to lack of requisite qualifications – including a mandatory undergraduate degree.
The jobs were advertised by the National Police Service Commission two weeks ago, with a deadline of Monday 5pm.
“Anyone dropping their application after 5 pm will not be considered because the application has been closed,” an official at the Public Service Commission where papers were being dropped said.
Candidates were allowed to apply for the positions of Inspector General of Police and deputy.
The conditions set out for Inspector General’s position seem to have discouraged interested candidates, since it is a single four-year term job that is not subject to renewal.
The IG will be in charge of the National Police Service while two deputies will oversee operations of the regular and administration police respectively.
Interested candidates are supposed to be holders of at least an undergraduate degree on policy, administration, management or human resource with a minimum working experience of 15 years in management positions.
The Chairman of the National Police Service Commission Johnstone Kavuludi has pledged to ensure the recruitment process does not go beyond December.
“We are determined to ensure Kenya has a new Inspector General of Police by the end of December,” Kavuludi said.
So far, the applications have attracted senior police officers notably Deputy Police Commissioner Francis Okonya, CID director Ndegwa Muhoro, Administration Police Commandant Samuel Arachi, Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe, Grace Kaindi of the Kenya Airports Police Unit, Mary Kaol of Interpol, Railways police chief Judy Ndenda as well as Stephen Kemei of the Police Reforms department.
Kemei who rose through the ranks at the General Service Unit (GSU) is currently based at Police Headquarters where he oversees reforms. He was previously been on a United Nations Mission in Kosovo between 2002 and 2004.
He was instrumental in overseeing security in Nairobi during the post election violence of 2008 and played a significant role in security operations countrywide during the national referendum of 2005.
Former CID director Joseph Kamau, Omar Shurie of the Administration Police College and head of the personnel department at the Administration Police Eusebius Laibuta, Senior Deputy Police Commissioner King’ori Mwangi and former Police Spokesman Jasper Ombati have also sent in their applications.
Shurie who is the Commandant of the AP College holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Police Studies from Sunderland University where he is also pursuing his Masters in Public Administration.
Arachi is the senior most to apply from the Administration Police, having risen through the ranks to succeed Kinuthia Mbugua who opted out recently to join politics.
Informed sources at Vigilance House are categorical that current Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere did not apply for the top job due to various reasons.
Some of the other applicants includes Provincial Commissioner Kiplimo Rugut of Central, former PC Hassan Noor Hassan among others.
The applicants were required to be cleared by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), The Credit Reference Bureau, Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) among others.
Names of all the applicants will be published in local dailies later next week before the vetting process begins.
“It is going to be a very transparent exercise,” Kavuludi told Capital FM News.