28 May 2014

Kenya: 12 Senior Police Officers Fail Kavuludi Test

Photo: Xinhua
National Police Service Commission sacks 12 senior police officers (file photo).

Nairobi — The CID training school Commandant Peter Muinde is among 12 police officers who have been sacked by the National Police Service Commission following completion of analysis for 166 senior police officers.

Also sacked was Kajiado County Commander Stanley Tito Kilonzi and Paul Onyango the Administration Police Commandant Kakamega County.

Announcing the results, the commission's chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said only 145 senior officers of the rank of senior assistant commissioners and assistant commissioners of police were found suitable while nine will be recalled back for more interrogation.

"I would like to mention that out of the 166 officers of the ranks of SACP and ACP vetted, 12 have been found unsuitable to continue serving in the National Police Service and will therefore be removed," he affirmed.

"The reasons for their removal include lack of discipline, integrity, violation of human rights, financial impropriety and engagement in criminal activities among them bribery, human trafficking, rape and defilement as well as smuggling of commodities such as sugar, illicit brews and drugs."

Kenya Airports Authority General Manager in charge of safety and security Eric Kiraithe is among the nine officers to be investigated further.

During the vetting, Kiraithe had been tasked to explain why he ignored the requirement of the exercise specifically bank statements of his wife.

Financial probity being one of the vetting standards, the panel had pursued him requiring an explanation. Kiraithe was categorical that he did not want to discuss 'domestic issues' in the media.

Commissioner Mohammed Murshid who was leading the panel even asked him "Are you familiar with the declaration of income and asset and what it aims? Does it include details about spouses?"

Ironically he was familiar with the declaration and its aim. "I am familiar with the declaration of income and asset and its aim is to test integrity."

"I am not comfortable discussing domestic issues in the media," he said. "I have been married for two decades and I have never seen it (wife's bank statement) and I don't intend to start doing so."

He however explained that his wife was willing to give the details, but added; "each family has its own standard."

Kavuludi also announced that the next phase will start early next month involving 1,168 senior superintendent and superintendents of police.

"It is projected that this phase of vetting will be completed by mid August paving way for the vetting of the rest of the officers," he said.

"The fist to be vetted will be officers from Coast and Eastern regions followed by Rift Valley."

He urged police officers to take the exercise positively saying it was just, "a bridge to the reforms we want."

The vetting process is being conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulate that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence.

The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service.

The applicable vetting standards include officers' satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights.

Officers who satisfy the commission with regard to competence and suitability is retained and those who do not is removed from the service.

At the end of the exercise, 80,000 police officers will be vetted in a bid to reform the National Police Service.

So far, 196 police officers have been vetted.

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