, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18 – An officer of the former rank of Senior Assistant of Police who was dismissed then reinstated by the courts, once again faces the axe after being found unsuitable to continue being in office by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).
James Mwaniki Thathi who was vetted for the first time in February as those of the lower cadres of Senior Superintendent of Police, Superintendent of Police and Assistant Superintendent of Police were being re-vetted, can opt to apply for a review of the decision but the Commission too has the option of rejecting such an application as per the vetting regulations.
“Vetting regulation 33(2) provides the criteria for granting a request for review,” the NPSC notification of Thathi’s unsuitability reads.
Thirteen others of the rank of SSP, SP and ASP have also been found unsuitable after being re-vetted in February.
They were among 63 found unsuitable after the first round of vetting of those in their cohort as announced in October of last year.
Out of the 63, all except one, applied for a review. “The Commission admitted 36 requests for review and rejected 26,” the statement from the NPSC reads.
The 13 found unsuitable therefore come from the group of 36 re-vetted. They are: Gilbert Sumukwo (SSP), John Ikonya (SSP), Shedrack Maithya (SSP), Michael Nyaga (SSP), George Bamba (SSP), Kennedy Nyangenya (SSP), Onesmus Towett, Augustus Mutia (SSP), Evans Getembe (SP), Regina Mbithi (SP), Joe Lekuta (SP), Adan Alio (SP) and Bernard Kobia (ASP).
Out of the 36, twenty-three have been reinstated and they are: Joshua Oseto (SSP), Teresia Muchemi (SSP), Damaris Kinanu (SSP), Alfred Makoma (SSP), Thomas Atuti (SSP), Bernard Muinde (SSP), Stephen Cheteka (SSP), Josphat Kinyua (SSP), Hussein Arur (SSP), Joseph Munyungu (SSP), Ancent Kaloki (SP), Erick Yego (SP), Joseph Ongaya (SP), Joshua Omukata (SP), James Wekesa (SP), Joseph Batore (SP), Simon Wabwire (SP), Mary Kiarie (SP), Moss Mrefu (SP), Paul Muriithi (SP), Fredrick Kinaibei (SP), Issa Mohamud (SP), Ayub Mwatabu (ASP).
The fate of seven others found unsuitable in the same cohort remains in the balance as the NPSC is yet to decide on their applications for review.
“The results of the cohort comprising SSPs, SPs and ASPs which were released on October 9, 2015 indicated that 63 officers had failed the vetting process while the results for 31 officers had been withheld pending further investigations. Of the 31 officers, seven were found unsuitable. These officers have since requested for a review but the commission is yet to make a decision as their applications came later than those of the 36 whose results are being released.”