27 November 2012

Kenya: We Are Ready for Fresh Vetting, Says Kavuludi

NATIONAL Police Service commission boss Johnston Kavuludi said yesterday the commission is ready to do the vetting afresh if the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and Security rejects the shortlisted names.

He criticised those opposed to the list of nominees saying they did not raise the issues they are raising now at the interview panel. "I have much respect for the civil society, but they failed to raise issues they are now raising during the interviews. The final decision lies with the Parliament and if they decided to throw back the ball, we are up to the task and we shall repeat the entire process," he said on the phone.

"We looked at their credentials critically and analysed all ethical dimension of all issue that rose before we came up with that list." Kavuludi said NPSC was not a commission of inquiry or a court of law and could therefore only deal with what was presented to the commissioners.

He said the list of nominees for the Inspector General and two deputies was compiled with the help of the Police Reforms Working Group Network that sat in the interviewing panel as observers.

"PRWG gave us the report about all those we had interviewed and using our judgment as a commission, we chose on the shortlisted ones and forwarded their names to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga for recommendation to Parliament," he added.

On Thursday group of civil society led by Kenya Human Rights Commission's Atsango Chesoni and Odhiambo Oyoko demanded fresh vetting of the candidates by NPSC.

They said the nominations of Grace Kaindi and David Kimaiyo for appointment as Inspector-General, and Ndegwa Muhoro and Samuel Arachi (Deputy Inspector-General for regular and Administration Police respectively) be reviewed.

The activists said the nominees did not qualify because of alleged separate involvement in corruption, tribalism, drug links, defiance of court orders and post-election violence atrocities. This emerged immediately after the Kavuludi-led commission made public the list of nominees.

Asked whether there was deliberate move to sabotage and derail police reforms by unknown powerful individuals, Kavuludi said, "The entire issue is subject to any interpretation and you can't rule out anything."

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