15 November 2012

Kenya: Top Cop Denies Nepotism, Graft, Abusive Language

Administration Police Training College Commandant Omar Shurie was on Thursday put to task by the National Police Service Commission over allegations of corruption, nepotism and use of vulgar language against trainees.

Shurie is among nine candidates short listed for the deputy Inspector General of Police. He denied the allegations and insisted that he has always maintained the highest professional standards in managing the Administration Police College in Embakasi.

"I have never engaged in corruption, I am a professional! Those allegations are not true," he told the commission headed by Johnston Kavuludi.

On allegations of using vulgar language Shurie said, "sometimes I do go to the drill and I try to teach recruits how to salute and others do not salute properly, so when I get a little annoyed I use the word 'F*** you!' but I am sorry and I will reform," he said.

He went ahead to deny authorising the deployment of Administration Police officers to Nyanza Province during the post-election violence as alleged by anonymous people who sent petitions to the commission.

"In 2007, I was the deputy commandant of the college, I was not the commandant; so I cannot be accused of having deployed APs to Kisumu," he said.

When asked to comment about allegations of nepotism and high-handedness at the college, Shurie told the commission not a single officer working directly under him in the management team comes from his tribe.

"My tribe is Somali, and if you go to the college you will realise that not even my driver, secretary or any other senior officer in my team is a Somali; so there is no way I can be accused of being tribal," he said, drawing laughter from members of the public and journalists following the proceedings at KICC when he named all the officials working under him and listed their tribes.

Kavuludi also asked him to explain how he got exemptions to study for an undergraduate degree at Sunderland University, UK and a Masters Programme he is pursuing.

In the testimonials attached on his CV he produced at the commission, Shurie did not provide the actual degree and instead presented a letter from Sunderland University saying he was due to graduate and granted him more exemptions to study for a Masters degree.

"I have been given a letter from the university because of my experience and I have been given a go ahead to proceed with my Masters which I am already undertaking," he said.

Shurie told the commission that if appointed deputy Inspector General, he will totally transform the Administration Police service to meet international standards by making it a people-friendly service.

"I have looked around and I am confident that I am the best man to be given the job. I plead with the commission to consider me for the job," he said.

He is contesting for the job alongside eight candidates namely; Dalmas Otieno Ochalo, Margaret Nyambura Karanja, Eusebius Laibuta of the Personnel department at the AP headquarters, current AP Commandant Samuel Arachi, Fred Mwei, deputy CID director Gideon Kimilu, David Ngori and Alexander Munyao.

The commission has already completed interviews for the positions of Inspector General and deputy Inspector General in charge of the regular police.

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