Police recruitment audit a sham – IPOA

July 28, 2014 3:02 pm
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IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru says apart from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the rest were involved directly in the exercise/FILE
IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru says apart from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the rest were involved directly in the exercise/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, July 28 – The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) says it has no confidence in the multi-agency working group formed to investigate irregularities in the recent police recruitment.

IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru says apart from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the rest were involved directly in the exercise.

“If we were to allow this kind of recruitment, we should not lie to ourselves that we are undertaking any kind of police reforms,” Njeru cautioned.

“In fact, what the police are doing and the National Police Service Commission, they are making nonsense of all the recommendation that has been made before regarding what we should do in taking the police service forward.”

He termed the audit as a public relations exercise meant to divert public attention from the issues raised.

“The various investigative agencies among them IPOA and EACC will pursue the other individual cases for the purposes of criminal action and that will take time,” he told Capital FM News in an interview.

“For us we don’t see what this multi-agency committee is doing other than a public-relations exercise. They even have no business investigating these things; the law says they should be referring to us and to the EACC and we will do our work.”

He said the taskforce “cannot be the judge in their own case; it’s not possible. How objective can they be?”

“We cannot say there will be any objective outcome that is expected… the commission itself is on record in a public conference having said that they had given a clean bill of health to the recruitment except for a few centres.”

“We will be creating a gigantic problem in this country…it’s a very small price to pay for us to repeat this process in the interest of the country. We cannot afford short term solutions to otherwise huge issues that need to be strategically dealt with in the interest of the national security.”

“If you have already drawn conclusion how can you be expected to go against your own conclusion? it’s not possible.”

The audit team comprises members of the National Police Service Commission, National Intelligence Service and the National Police Service.

On July 22, the NPSC Chairperson Johnstone Kavuludi said they had already received complaints about nepotism, corruption and political interference.

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The taskforce is expected to collect, collate and analyse all complaints and make recommendations to the commission for further action.

Njeru has warned of moving to court if the entire exercise is not cancelled and undertaken afresh.

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