20 December 2013

Kenya: Top Cop Took Sh900,000 From Athlete David Rudisha

Photo: Amnesty International
Vetting of senior police officers in Kenya enters phase two (file photo).

THE panel vetting police officers was told how a senior police officer received Sh900,000 from athlete David Rudisha.

Jonathan Koskei, in charge of the Directorate of Reforms, received the money through a swift money transfer from Rudisha on October 26 201.

Rudisha is a junior police officer.

Koskei, who has been provincial police officer in Western, Nairobi and North Eastern Provinces, was also questioned on huge cash and cheque deposits in his accounts between 2001 and 2012 amounting to Sh 15.5 million.

Koskei, who is in charge of the Kenya Police athletics team, said Rudisha lent him the money and also wanted to buy some farm machinery from him.

He said he returned the money to Rudisha by cheque.

Koskei who said he earns Sh370,000 from his dairy and poultry farming said he normally buys maize at a low price and stores it until the prices soar before selling it. He was however, challenged to explain why only individuals deposit the huge amounts of money into his account but the SDCP said they were his clients in his maize selling business.

In response to being asked by vetting team why he sacked fifteen police officers including two assistant commissioners of police, Koskei said the two had erred and recommendations had been made to sack them.

He said that there was need to act with firmness especially if officers become errant. " People who commit offences don't want to be punished. Even those who kill don't want to be killed. You cant remain softspoken as people mess up with their responsibilities," Koskei told the panel.

He said recommended the sacking of eight police constables who were accused of aiding a hardcore criminal escape from Kakamega while one of the ACPs was sacked for lying to the then Commissioner of Police about the situation of the trucks that had been blocking the Malaba highway during a truck drivers' demonstration.

The SDCP said the other ACP was dismissed for misusing a police vehicle by using it to travel to his rural home regularly. Koskei said the two were given show cause letters before their sacking

He said all the officers with disciplinary cases go through the orderly room proceedings before recommendations are forwarded to the police headquarters, who then act on them.

Koskei was also questioned about why he ordered for the then OCS of Kakamega to pay a salary to the wife of a police inspector who was in custody on a murder charge.

He said it was within the norms.

The panel however, allowed Koskei more time to peruse through correspondence between him and a deceased police officer who accused him of demanding money from time to release a vehicle that had been detained at Kajiado police station while he was the Officer Commanding Kajiado Police Division.

However, Inspector General David Kimaiyo came to Koskei's aid when he was being questioned about his academic credentials and the special qualifications he has to run the Directorate of Reforms.

Kimaiyo said Koskei haS attended many courses including the one year managerial National Defence College course and many others that assisted him perform his duties.

Kimaiyo said according to Koskei's resume, he was the pioneer officer who helped establish the Namibian police force.

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