23 senior cops to know vetting fate Friday

January 24, 2014 7:47 am
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All the 23 officers were summoned Friday morning to the commission to be told their fate before it is formally announced to the public/FILE
All the 23 officers were summoned Friday morning to the commission to be told their fate before it is formally announced to the public/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 24 – The National Police Service Commission will on Friday release the outcome of vetting for 23 Deputy Commissioners of Police interviewed earlier this month.

The commission headed by Johnstone Kavuludi has been evaluating the results since Monday and is now expected to announce those suitable or unsuitable for office.

All the 23 officers were summoned Friday morning to the commission to be told their fate before it is formally announced to the public.

During the first phase of the vetting exercise last year, the commission sent home three senior officers, all who are now contesting their sacking in court.

One of the officers, former Deputy Commissioner Francis Okonya has already obtained orders blocking the execution of the commission’s verdict until his case is heard and determined.

Peter Eregae and Jonathan Koskei, all of police headquarters who were also retired have also challenged the decisions in court.

The second phase of vetting saw officers widely grilled on their source of wealth and role they had played while serving in the National Police Service to enhance police reforms.

At the end of the exercise, 80,000 police officers will be vetted in a bid to reform the National Police Service.

The vetting process is being conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulate that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence.

The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service.

The applicable vetting standards include officers’ satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights.

Officers who satisfy the commission with regard to competence and suitability will be retained and those who do not will be removed from the service.

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