NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – Vetting for police officers of the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and Superintendent of Police (SP) in Nairobi County was on Tuesday conducted in-camera by all the four vetting panels.
The move was attributed to the fact that majority of officers being grilled are operational heads within their areas of command.
“Such interviews will involve sensitive security issues,” National Police Service Commission Communication Director Patrick Odongo told Capital FM News.
The exercise, which is being carried out across the country is currently being held at the commission’s headquarters at Sky Park Plaza in Westlands.
In the next phase, 6,000 officers in the ranks of Chief Inspector of Police and Inspector of Police will be vetted.
Among the 20 officers interviewed Tuesday, all in the ranks of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) include Mwilu Samuel Kilonzo, Moses Bundi Muriithi, Nichasios Njeru, Ouma Maurice Oketch and Moses M Kikuui.
Others already evaluated include; Charles Kirinya (SSP, Nairobi), Gitau Njenga (SSP, Issa Mohamed (SSP, Nairobi) , Nairobi), Hussein Arur (SSP, Siaya), Charles Kimaiyo (SSP, Nairobi) and Charles Mwako (SSP Nakuru).
Among notable police officers to be interviewed on Wednesday include Mboroki Gatiria, the Kenya Police spokeswoman.
The vetting process is being conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulate that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence.
The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service.
The applicable vetting standards include officers’ satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights.
Officers who satisfy the commission with regard to competence and suitability will be retained and those who do not will be removed from the service.