Sweeping police changes in the offing

April 5, 2013 8:30 am
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The commission's chairman Johnston Kavuludi has told Capital FM News that he has already formed a nine-member sub-committee to come up with the modalities/FILE
The commission’s chairman Johnston Kavuludi has told Capital FM News that he has already formed a nine-member sub-committee to come up with the modalities/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – The National Police Service Commission is set to carry out major transfers and promotions of both the regular and Administration Police officers.

The commission’s chairman Johnston Kavuludi has told Capital FM News that he has already formed a nine-member sub-committee to come up with the modalities.

The committee will also advise the commission on disciplinary measures against officers.

“The team will also advise the commission on the ranking system which should have been done long time ago as well as vetting of senior police officers,” Kavuludi said.

Those sitting on the committee include three commissioners from the commission, three senior officers from the regular police and others from Administration Police.

Kavuludi said the exercise is aimed at correcting recent transfers which were done without consultation with the Police Service Commission.

“Our reform agenda is on course and we hope we will meet all the targets,” he said.

The commission has lately protested what it termed as interference from the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC).

The commission is accusing CIC chairman Charles Nyachae of leading a campaign to repeal sections of the National Police Service Act, a move they say is aimed at weakening the commission’s mandate.

“He should know he is a chairman of a commission just like us and must stop acting like a prefect. We know what the law says and we are adhering to it,” Kavuludi said.

Kavuludi said the vetting of senior police officers and collapse of some of the scrapped ranks will start by June.

“We have formed the operating tools and are now ratifying them before they are rolled out. We are working as a team including the Inspector General of Police and his deputies,” he said.

CIC wants the changes on the pretext that the current status undermines the implementation of Articles 238, 245 and 246 of the Constitution–according to a correspondence seen by Capital FM News.

“It is our proposal that the amendments to those Acts be prioritised and tabled in Parliament as soon as possible,” a letter by CIC vice chairperson Elizabeth Muli dated March 12 stated.

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