7 June 2014

Kenya: Vetting Will Be Fair, Says Kavuludi

The National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi has said police vetting will be "open, transparent and objective". Officers who have attained the rank of superintendent of police and above will be vetted.

Addressing senior police officers at a Garissa hotel yesterday, Kavuludi said the objective of vetting is to determine the suitability and integrity of officers. He said vetting is not used to embarrass or discriminate against the officers.

"Vetting is meant to build the public's confidence and trust in the National Police Service," Kavuludi said. "Vetting is not intended as a ritual. It is not a witch-hunt process. It is not a monumental scare that is intended to turn into a nuisance."

He said the vetting will be guided by the values and principles set out in Articles 10, 27, 47, 50 and 232 of the constitution. Kavuludi said it is unfortunate that some senior police officers take bribes through their juniors.

"You don't have to stoop too low and shamelessly take small bribes from struggling Kenyans when you have your own salary. You have the powers to convert your junior officers to be good people," he said.

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