MPs want police recruits’ reporting date postponed

July 23, 2014 2:46 pm
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The 10,000 recruits were supposed to report on the August 5 but Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso (L) gave into the demands by MPs and directed the NPSC to postpone the reporting date/FILE
The 10,000 recruits were supposed to report on the August 5 but Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso (L) gave into the demands by MPs and directed the NPSC to postpone the reporting date/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23 – The National Assembly on Wednesday instructed the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to postpone the reporting date for new police recruits until an audit on the enrolment is finalised.

The 10,000 recruits were supposed to report on the August 5 but Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso gave into the demands by MPs and directed the NPSC to postpone the reporting date.

“I therefore rule that this House moves that reporting date until the matters that have been raised in this House have been concluded,” she declared.

The order followed a stormy sitting where Member of Parliament claimed that some of their constituents were discriminated against.

National Assembly Committee on National Security and Administration Chairman Asman Kamama confirmed that he would write a letter to the commission’s chairman Johnstone Kavuludi giving the directive effect.

“We will demand that we have an independent board to probe this matter; not the same people that participated in the recruitment exercise,” Kamama said.

Sis thousand of the recruits are to report to the Kiganjo Police Training College in Nyeri and the other 4,000 to the Administration Police Training College in Embakasi.

MPs John Mbadi (Suba), Ali Wario (Bura) and Antony Kimani (Laikipia East) said they were not comfortable with the National Police Service Commission investigating itself given that it is the one responsible for the contentious recruitment.

“Can the committee chairman indicate to us whether there is an independent body that is going to carry out these investigations,” posed Kimani.

“We should not be treated to a game of cat and mouse, because the commission which employs police officers is the same one led by Kavuludi, so how can it investigate itself?” Wario asked.

In the Senate, Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura directed the Standing Committee on Security and Foreign Relations to submit a comprehensive report on the recruitment by next Wednesday.

This is after Senators Joy Gwendo (Nominated), David Musila (Kitui) and Chris Obure (Kisii) joined the calls to nullify the exercise which they claim was marred by corruption and nepotism.

This comes just a day after the National Police Commission Service announced the establishment of a multi-agency working group to investigate the alleged irregularities.

The team chaired by NPSC Commissioner Murshid Mohammed will collect and analyse all complaints as well as probe cases of nepotism, corruption and political interference in the exercise.

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