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Kenya: Three Top Cops Axed, Four Make Vetting Cut

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He also noted that police reforms were on course despite financial challenges.

"We have changed our curriculum in training of the police officers which aligns with the new Constitution on a better police service for all," he observed.

He has served in the police force for a period of 36 years and harbours a chunk of experience.

Okonya who deputised former police commissioner Mathew Iteere had a difficult time when he was asked to explain how he acquired his wealth without ever taking a loan from a financial institution.

"I would like you to tell us exactly how you acquired these properties. When we look at your bank statement, there is no link to indicate that there were loan repayments," one of the panellists posed.

"All what I was getting went into savings. It is after that when I invested in land so I never went to any bank for a loan," he replied.

The Commissions Chairman also announced that the next phase that comprises 25 officers in the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police shall commence on January 7, 2014.

"The 25 officers will be interviewed by one panel, with five officers being interviewed daily for five days," he said.

The third phase will comprise interviewing about 200 officers in the ranks of senior assistant commissioner of police and assistant commissioner of police that will be vetted by four panels.

The National Police Service has over the last nine months been involved in developing processes, principles and tools to facilitate the vetting of all police officers as required by the National Police Service Act.

Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph ole Lenku launched the vetting process on November 25, 2013 aimed at building confidence and trust in the National Police Service.

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