, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – The much anticipated National Police Service vetting exercise for senior officers is set to commence on Tuesday, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) said on Sunday.
In a statement, the Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi said the first phase will take place over two days at the KICC VIP Lounge where seven senior police officers will be interviewed in public.
Kavuludi said the vetting panel may retreat to closed sessions whenever sensitive matters are discussed to protect the integrity of the country’s security.
“The applicable vetting standards will include officer’s satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity and financial probity, and respect for human rights,” he stated.
The seven officers who will be interviewed on Tuesday and Wednesday fall under the ranks of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (SDCP) I and II.
General Service Unit (GSU) Commandant William Saiya, Kiganjo Police Training College Commandant Peter Kavila, the Director of the Small Arms Secretariat John Patrick Ochieng and the Director of Reforms at police headquarters Jonathan Koskei are among the seven to be interviewed.
Abdi Shurie of the Administration Police Training College, Francis Okonya who was formerly the Deputy Commissioner of Police and Peter Eregae will also undergo vetting between Tuesday and Wednesday.
The officers will be interviewed by a panel made up of the NPSC Commissioners, Nyumba Kumi initiative committee members Joseph Kaguthi (Chairman) and two members of his committee security expert Simiyu Werunga and former Criminal Investigations Director (CID) Director Francis Sang, among others.
“The Commission will analyse the findings, and the outcome will be communicated to the individual officers vetted and subsequently made public,” Kavuludi stated. “Officers who satisfy the Commission with regard to competence and suitability will be retained and those who do not will be removed from service.”
Those removed from the service will however, have the opportunity to appeal the panel’s findings during vetting review which is composed of the NPSC members, Retired Justice Sarah Ondeyo, former Deputy Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority John Mutonyi among others.
The Cabinet approved the budget for the exercise last month, with Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku assuring the service that it will not be a witch hunt.
“The process has been approved by the Cabinet and the Treasury is providing the necessary resources for those who will not successfully go through the process,” Lenku said last month.