10 March 2014

Kenya: Kavuludi Fires 15 Top Cops

Photo: Kenya Police
At 166 police bosses to know their fate by May (file photo).

Fifteen top cops have been fired by the Kavuludi lead National Police Service Commission as the vetting of police officers enters the second week today.

The top cops in the ranks of Senior Assistant Commissioners and Assistant Commissioner of Police have been retired for reasons ranging from failure to return their vetting forms to their health condition.

Others have written to the NPSC commission stating that they did not want to be vetted. The commission is vetting over 80,000 police officers both in the Administration police, regular police and the CID.

Yesterday, NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the 15 top cops will be required to vacate office immediately. He however did not reveal why the top cops who still have months to serve before their final exit had been stopped from completing their time.

Former Coast Deputy CID Chief John Gachomo who is on International peace keeping mission in Liberia has been fired for failing to submit his vetting forms to the NPSC.

Also fired for the same reason is Assistant Commissioner Paul Jimmie Ndambuki, the head of Interpol in France. However sources close to the two officers claimed they two had not been informed of the when they were due to be vetted.

Former head of the Special Crime Unit Richard Katola who suffered a serious stroke and has been out of work for close to four years now has also been retired for failing to return his vetting forms.

Kiambu County CID chief Bernard Mate who was due to retire on December 1 , Nyanza county Deputy police chief Zakayo Tum who was due to retire on March 22 will now be required to leave office immediately following the new directive by Kavuludi that they will not serve to their retirement dates. Mate left office last Friday nine months ahead of his time. Deputy traffic commander James Onyango who was due to retire in March is among the top cops who have suffered the same fate.

Onyango wrote to the commission last week to state that he did not wish to be vetted and would proceed on terminal leave starting March 10. Things do not seem to be going according to his plans following the new directive by Kavuludi that he leaves office immediately.

John Kiplasoi Maritim who was due to retire on September 14 , David Karanja who was to retire on March 27 will also suffer the same fate. Also kicked out is former Anti-stock theft Unit Michael Ngugi who has since been prosecuted for the infamous Rift valley police Imposter Joshua Waiganjo has been retired. The date of his actual retirement date is not indicated in a statement from the commission.

The same is of former head of Government Vehicle Check Unit Donansian Njagi Angelus who is indicated as 'already retired " while Senior Assistant Commissioner Daniel Motonya Memba of GSU has been retired under the 50-year-rule in the police service.

The 50-year-rule states that an officer who has attained the age of 50 years has the option to retire. The Government has since revised the retirement age of public servants to 60 years. Assistant commissioners George Omwoyo , Francis Lemao , Mutevu Mutinda have applied not to be vetted.

Kavuludi yesterday said former Rift valley police chief John Mbijiwe who was not vetted in the category of Deputy Commissioners will be vetted when the case pending in court is completed. Mbijiwe is currently on interdiction.

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