Aggrieved police recruits move to court

August 21, 2014 6:20 am
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Forty two recruits from Njoro and three others from Ololung'a centers are accusing the Johnstone Kavuludi led commission of unlawfully cancelling their results/FILE
Forty two recruits from Njoro and three others from Ololung’a centers are accusing the Johnstone Kavuludi led commission of unlawfully cancelling their results/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 21 – Police recruits whose results were cancelled by the National Police Service Commission over alleged massive irregularities have challenged the decision in court.

Forty two recruits from Njoro and three others from Ololung’a centers are accusing the Johnstone Kavuludi led commission of unlawfully cancelling their results.

They claim they were successfully recruited in their respective centers and were waiting to be issued with appointment letters.

In an urgent case lodged in the High Court on Wednesday, the aggrieved recruits say the move is against their legitimate expectation having undergone a rigorous exercise.

Judge Isaac Lenaola directed the recruits through their advocate to serve their application on NPSC and return to court on Thursday next week.

A total of 10,000 police recruits were being hired in 289 centres countrywide before complaints of irregularities arose from various quarters.

The judge also directed the National Police Service Commission and Independent Policing Oversight Authority to embrace negotiation to solve the recruitment fiasco.

He says the dispute over the recruitment process can be solved by parties sitting down to find out where the problem was, rather than engaging in court battles.

The judge however said if parties fail to agree the matter shall proceed to full hearing and the court shall make a determination.

He said before the dispute is solved there shall be no letters of appointment issued.

He also directed that the recently tabled report by the multi-agency working group be made available by Friday this week to enable the court also understand what happened during the recruitment exercise.

The outcome in 36 centres countrywide was nullified following an audit that was carried by the multi-agency group that reviewed 621 complaints received from various centres.

The cancellation affected 1,215 candidates who were hired irregularly.

Some of the areas that were affected include Meru County, Isiolo County, Mandera County, West Pokot County, Elgeyo Marakwet County, Kericho County, Njoro police station in Nakuru County and Kakamega County.

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