, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 11 – Police will issues certificates of clearance to all political aspirants irrespective of whether they were convicted, acquitted, dismissed, discharged or have cases pending in court.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet says if an applicant was acquitted by a court of law or successfully appealed charges, the criminal record is usually expunged from the data base.
The IG however explains that the Police Clearance Certificate will, “demonstrates the status of the applicant by indicating specific criminal records established or nil established.”
“The National Police Service wishes to thank members of the public and in particular applicants who have so far cooperated with the police in this exercise and urge them to follow guidelines as spelt out in the website www.cid.go.ke/ our services. For effective and efficient of delivering service with respect to issuance of the document,” he said in a statement to newsrooms.
For those convicted, the police boss says the record is kept for 20 years before it is expunged.
He, however, clarified that cases of robbery, murder, treason, rape and offences related to drugs fall under the permanent category and cannot be expunged.
This comes as political aspirants prepare for party primaries.