The Star (Nairobi)

10 November 2012

Kenya: Lobby Has 'Dossier' On Candidates

A group of civil societies want to present evidence against police officers who are contesting for the position of Inspector General of Police to the National Police Service Commission.

Speaking on Friday in Nairobi the civil societies, under the Civil Society Working for Police Reforms, said they have evidence on the conduct and integrity of some of the shortlisted candidates.

"We have incriminating information on some people who have applied for the positions," they said. They lobby said some of the candidates "brutally handled Kenyans" while serving as police officers.

They said some of the shortlisted candidates do not meet the requirements of chapter six of the constitution. They challenged the NPSC to ensure the processes of recruiting the Inspector General and his deputy is transparent and free from manipulation from interested parties.

"We would like to point out that public participation in these recruitment is critical in not only ensuring that we get the best candidates but also to ensure that those with questionable records do not assume leadership", They said.

They called upon Kenyans with any information on the suitability of the shortlisted candidates to present it to the NSPC.

"Information on corruption,human rights violations among other ills will assist NSPC in evaluating the right candidates. We call specifically upon anyone who may have been a victim of violations by any of the persons shortlisted,including those in prison detentions to come forward and testify before the commission", They said.

The group is urging NSPC to include all the information that is presented before them in their final report and also consider recalling candidates after the first interview if any information on suitability is tabled after the interview.

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