NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – A senior police officer who was sacked after the second phase of police vetting has been reinstated to the National Police Service.
Philip Tuimur who formerly served as the North Eastern Provincial Police Chief had asked the National Police Service Commission to review its decision.
The commission’s chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said “after a thorough evaluation exercise, the vetting review panel reinstated him.”
“The review of this officer was successful and I am happy to announce the decision of the commission that Philip Tuimur, Deputy Commissioner of Police will be retained in the service,” he said amid applause from other police officers who were waiting to know their fate on Wednesday.
During vetting, Tuimur had astonished the panel when he said he had not been assigned any duty for over one year at the police headquarters.
Kavuludi also said the court had ruled that Senior Deputy Commissioners of Police Peter Eregae and Jonathan Koskei should be vetted afresh.
“The commission respects the court decision and has already commenced the process of re-vetting the two officers in line with vetting regulations and procedures,” he stated.
Kavuludi made the announcement while releasing result of vetting for 166 police officers in the rank of senior assistant commissioners and assistant commissioners of police.
Out of 166, twelve were sacked but Kavuludi said any officer has a right to appeal the decision.
He said the commission was committed to carry out a transparent exercise for all officers willing to undergo the vetting exercise.
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.