, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has changed his earlier stance on police recruitment and asked those hired in 2014 not to report for training on Sunday as earlier advised.
President Kenyatta explained that the agreement was reached after consultations with National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi that fresh recruitment be held on April 20.
“Consequently, those who had been recruited in 2014 must not report to the National Police Service training institutions tomorrow, Sunday 12th April 2015 as earlier indicated. Instead, they must join other candidates interested and eligible to serve in the National Police Service and report to the designated centres for the fresh recruitment exercise on Monday, 20th April 2015,” a statement from State House said.
According to President Kenyatta, applicants who will be recruited during the next exercise will be advised when to report to their respective training centres.
“The new date for reporting to the National Police Service training institutions (Kenya Police Training College – Kiganjo, Administration Training College – Embakasi and General Service Unit (GSU) Training School – Embakasi) will be announced by the Inspector-General of Police after conclusion of the fresh recruitment exercise,” he advised.
Earlier on Saturday, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet categorically said that last year’s police recruitment exercise had been cancelled.
In a statement sent to newsrooms, Boinnet instead urged interested applicants to participate in the recruitment exercise scheduled April 20.
“I further wish to restate, as announced by the commission (NPSC) that successful applicants who had been recruited in the 2014 exercise who were to report on Sunday, that the reporting date has been cancelled,” Boinnet stated.
“All persons wishing to participate in the recruitment are required to carry along with them their academic and professional testimonials (if any) both in original and photocopies to the respective recruitment centres,” he said.
He urged the 2014 recruits to participate in the fresh recruitment.
President Uhuru Kenyatta had asked the 10,000 recruits selected last year to report for training following the Garissa University College attack that left 148 people dead.
On Saturday, a group of recruits gathered at Uhuru Park in Nairobi and vowed they would report to Kiganjo Police Training College on Sunday.
Their representative Cyrus Nyamosi said they are opposed to fresh recruitment and wanted government officials to stop issuing conflicting orders.
Lucy Malovi, a fellow recruit said they were prepared to report for training and had even bought all necessary items like buckets, mattresses and shoes as required.
“After the president said we will join, I was very ready. I have done shopping. I have even bought a slasher and boots. I have resigned from my job because I know I am joining the training school tomorrow.
I want us to join Kiganjo tomorrow,” she said as her fellow recruits echoed her sentiments.
They said they were ready to do training and start work immediately especially in the wake of heightened terrorist threats following the Garissa University College massacre that left 148 people dead.
Even after President Kenyatta and the Inspector General announced that fresh recruitment will be conducted, the recruits told Capital FM News that they would spend the night at Uhuru Park.
They also vowed that they will block the exercise from taking place, including going to court.