, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 12 – The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights is calling upon the National Police Service and the National Police Service Commission to put in place measures to ensure medical emergencies during recruitment are handled swiftly.
KNCHR Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said during a press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Nairobi on Friday that there was need to ensure candidates who encounter health challenges in the course of the physical examination are given proper medical care on ground.
“There is still some level of unpreparedness to deal with medical emergencies that arise from candidates’ participation in the physical exercises. There is need to have adequate onsite measures that can prevent any loss of life,” Mbogori said.
Kagwiria – who was alluding to a case in Webuye on Thursday where one Nipher Wamocha, a 27-year old woman collapsed while taking an agility test and later died – also called for better organisation to ensure the recruitment ends in the stipulated time.
“Inadequate organisation of the medical process made the recruitment in many of the monitored centres to go late in the night. Prescribed rules state that all process must end by 5pm to make the process void of malpractices,” she observed.
Following the Webuye incident, NPSC Chairperson Johnston Kavuludi told the members of the press at the Webuye Pan Paper Stadium that it was regrettable that a potential recruit had passed away saying “she had distinguished herself as a person ready willing and zealous to serve this nation as a security officer”.
He however stated that the commission was closely monitoring the exercise throughout the country to ensure the process in transparent and above board urging those who don’t make it to try their luck in future recruitment drives.
The NPS is aiming at recruiting 10,000 trainees who will be enrolled at the Kiganjo Training College by May 19 for a nine-month course.
The prisons department which also falls under the NPS will carry out recruitment later in May.
The recruitment is part of an ambitious plan by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration which has since taking over the reins of power in March 2013 recruited at least 10,000 police officers annually.
So far, over 43,000 new police officers have been hired, with this number expected to hit the 50,000 mark before the year ends.