The Star (Nairobi)

24 April 2012

Kenya: Tension Mounts Among APs Over Promotions

Tension is building within the administration police as the Public Service Commission for the fifth time avoided to promote them and interviewed more than 50 senior officers from the Kenya Police.

The officers from the rank of superintendent of police were yesterday interviewed by PSC for promotion hardly two weeks after another batch of their colleagues were promoted to senior ranks.

The PSC, however, has frozen all interviews for the promotion of senior administration police officers in similar positions for more than two years.

Administration police officers ,who by last year only had 40 officer in the rank of assistant Commissioner of Police compared to 200 in the Kenya Police service, now say that there is a deliberate move to frustrate their induction into the National Police Service.

" How come the Public Service Commission has been holding interviews and promoting officers from the Kenya Police Service but frozen all interviews and promotions for administration police when we are supposed to be in one force?.

The PSC has held five such promotional interviews for the Kenya Police but stopped APs from doing the same," one senior AP officer who sought anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said.

The complaint comes as senior provincial administration officials have been undergoing accelerated paramilitary training since January this year at Emali and Manyani administration police training colleges.

The latest batch of 200 DCs and DOs currently undergoing paramilitary training in Manyani will graduate in two weeks time. The APs now claim that despite being divorced from provincial administration, the provincial administration officials continue to have control over them.

This they say is because the National Police Service Act which was assented to by President Mwai Kibaki last year has not been published by the Government Printer.

" We have been waiting for the publishing of the National Police Service Act by the Government Printer to take up on the roles of the administration police as prescribed by the constitution.

However, it appears that there is a deliberate move to delay the publication which will make AP semi autonomous and part of the larger police force," another senior AP officer said.

Efforts to get acting Provincial administration and Internal Security permanent secretary Mutea Iringo and administration police commandant Kinuthia Mbugua were futile because they were attending the the president's address in parliament.

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