File complaints over police enrolment in 7 days – Kavuludi

July 17, 2014 12:55 pm
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National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, says all complaints will be investigated within the next two months before any decision is made, which may include cancelling results from affected centres/FILE
National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, says all complaints will be investigated within the next two months before any decision is made, which may include cancelling results from affected centres/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July17 – Kenyans aggrieved by Monday’s police recruitment have been urged to lodge complaints formally within the next seven days to enable authorities carry out comprehensive investigations, before further action is taken.

National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, says all complaints will be investigated within the next two months before any decision is made, which may include cancelling results from affected centres.

“We are therefore responsive to what the public says about our performance and the performance of the officers in the National Police Service. It is for this reason that we welcome all persons or organisations or bodies that have information that will assist us in the proper performance of our work,” he said.

Kavuludi says legal action will be taken against anyone found to have been involved in any form of malpractice in the recruitment, which was allegedly marred by corruption and nepotism allegations.

“The commission has been carrying out a monitoring and evaluation of the exercise to establish whether the guidelines were followed. Action will be taken against those who will be found culpable and this includes administrative, with the view to prosecuting any persons that were engaged in any vices that will be regarded as breaking the law,” he said.

“We will issue a report which will form the basis of determining whether the exercise was done fairly and any anomalies would be noted and corrected and would form the basis for improvement on future recruitment exercise.”

The Consumer Federation of Kenya and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority have since threatened legal action within seven days if Kavuludi’s commission does not nullify the exercise that targeted 10,000 recruits.

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The federation had been on record through various reports claiming that the just concluded recruitment had massive irregularities.

Kavuludi said they cannot act on allegations while asking the federation and the authority to provide facts that will help commission reach an informed decision.

“With insufficient backing information, a verbal report must be captured by any of our agencies, stations or any of our bodies and even IPOA its self should be able to capture that in such a manner that is presented to us in order for us as the commission to act upon it,” he stated.

“By mandate the authority does not have a supervisory authority over the commission, it’s actually a sister organisation which carries a complementary role in policing. Their mandate therefore is not a competence to seek to stop or audit the recruitment process.”

Majority Leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, was expected to present a detailed report from the government on Thursday over the recruitment after complaints from legislators.

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