, NAIROBI, Kenya Jul 18 – The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) on Friday announced that it has launched an investigation in the just concluded police recruitment following reports of rampant graft at most centres across the country.
A statement from the Commission’s Vice Chairperson Irene Keino said they have intelligence showing that there was open bribery, nepotism and favouritism and discrimination during the hiring of 10,000 police recruits.
The Commission has already written to the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to also institute investigations into the matter.
Kavuludi and Kimaiyo on Thursday announced that they had already asked those aggrieved to file complaints within seven days to facilitate the investigation.
EACC wants the police commission to audit the entire process to establish those involved in malpractice and take administrative action against them.
“EACC is alive to the fact that insecurity remains a thorny issue in our nation….It is therefore necessary that such an important process is done strictly on merit and with due regard to the provisions of the law,” the Commission said.
The National police service commission on Thursday asked Kenyans with any evidence of corruption or malpractice to produce it within seven days to facilitate their investigation.
The Commission said it was ready to cancel and carry out the drive again in areas where it will be found to have been compromised.
Nandi Hills Member of Parliament Alfred Keter and Deputy Minority Leader Chris Wamalwa kicked off the storm in the National Assembly when they called on the NPSC to suspend the police recruitment exercise, citing corruption and unfair distribution among districts.
Keter lodged his complaints with the Inspector General of Police who responded to the plea, saying that investigations into the claims had been launched.
Keter argues that Muslims were disadvantaged in participating in the exercise because they are fasting during the month of Ramadhan.
This follows claims that some of the muslim candidates were turned away after they failed to complete the short marathon, which is a mandatory requirement in the recruitment or could not perform the rigorous exercises at recruitment centres.
The Consumer Federation of Kenya has also threatened legal action if Kavuludi does not nullify the police recruitment by next week.
On Thursday, Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale failed to present a detailed report from the government on the recruitment, following the statement sought by a legislator.