, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has denied reports that it moved to court on Friday in a bid to block the police recruitment exercise scheduled for Monday.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, IPOA Head of Communication Gladys Some-Mwangi said they do not intend to interfere with the exercise.
“IPOA would like to distance itself from such unwarranted falsehoods and assure members of the public and potential recruits that IPOA does not intend to stop the scheduled police recruitment,” she set straight.
It had been reported that IPOA moved to court seeking injunctive orders against the recruitment exercise pending the determination of an appeal challenging the nullification of its July 14, 2014 predecessor.
IPOA filed the petition that led to the nullification of the July 14, 2014 exercise after Justice Isaac Lenaola found it was tainted by irregularities.
“This Court is aware that with terrorist threats abounding in the Country, a strong police office is necessary. That fact alone would however not sway this Court’s mind to allow blatant breach of the Constitution by a body created and obligated to uphold the same Constitution,” he adjudged.
The Attorney General later filed an appeal citing the unplanned for cost of conducting another recruitment exercise, as directed by Lenaola, as well as the above referenced terror threat.
On April 2, in response to the murder of 142 students and six security personnel by Al Shabaab militants at the Garissa University College, President Uhuru Kenyatta however ordered that the 10,000 whose recruitment was nullified report for training taking, “full responsibility,” for defying Lenaola’s orders and in disregard of the fact that the matter was already before the Court of Appeal for determination.
“It is important that the judges be allowed to make the determination on the matters before them as guaranteed by Article 162 of the Constitution without appearing to exert undue pressure on them,” was the Judiciary’s response; making it clear that the Court of Appeal would render its decision on May 8 as planned.
Following this and other protests from constitutional bodies such as the Commission on the Implementation of the Constitution, President Kenyatta retracted his directive to the 10,000 supporting Monday’s recruitment exercise.
According to the regulations passed by Parliament’s committee on National Security and Administration, the recruitment will take place in the 290 constituencies as opposed to the district level as has previously been the case.
The National Youth Service Headquarters and CID Training Centre have also been listed as recruitment centres for the exercise which will take place between 8am and 5pm.