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166 cops to know vetting fate by May

The commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi says 13 officers opted to retire without facing the interviewing panel/MIKE KARIUKI

The commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi says 13 officers opted to retire without facing the interviewing panel/MIKE KARIUKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 13 – One hundred and sixty-six Senior Assistant Commissioners of Police and Assistant Commissioners will know their fate in about a month-and-a-half’s time, following conclusion of the 3rd phase of police vetting.

After the rigorous exercise, the National Police Service Commission will now retreat to analyse their reports and conduct deeper investigations after which it will announce the outcome.

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.

The commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi says 13 officers opted to retire without facing the interviewing panel.

“The commission is now collating and analysing data that has been collected for each individual officer. This will be evaluated in accordance with the NPSC rules and regulations and the results for this cohort of officers are expected to be released in the next four to six weeks,” he stated.

Kavuludi explained that the outcome will take a month and a half because they needed to clarify some issues through further investigation. He noted that this will include recalling some officers if need be, to expound on pending issues.

During this exercise, two officers were put to task to explain why they failed to provide their spouses bank accounts, even though it was a requirement they were aware of.

Kenya Airports Authority General Manager in charge of safety and security Eric Kiraithe and Francis Njiru of the CID were tasked to explain why they ignored the requirement.

Kiraithe was categorical that he did not want to discuss ‘domestic issues’ in the media.

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Njiru in his explanation said; “My wife doesn’t work. She has only animals with her, she grows her maize…and I don’t know how she gets her money.”

Meanwhile, Kavuludi said three senior officers who did not appear before the panel were scheduled to be vetted when the fourth phase kicks off. Two of those officers missed their slots in the just concluded exercise as they were out of the country on official duty. The third officer, Kavuludi said, had been sick.

Addressing journalists at the commission’s headquarters on Thursday, Kavuludi said the fourth phase will involve 1,103 officers of the rank of senior superintendent and superintendent of police.

The exercise is expected to start mid April and end by June this year.

In this phase, Kavuludi announced that the exercise will be carried out at the county level, beginning at the Coast and Eastern regions.

“This cohort will be interviewed in the counties so as not to disrupt security arrangements in these areas and to enhance public participation. The commission has already drawn up a schedule,” he said.

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.

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