The Star (Nairobi)

5 August 2014

Kenya: How to Handle Police Recruitment Mess

The interagency probe team tasked to investigative the recent deeply flawed nationwide National Police service recruitment has produced a report whose findings have been promptly denounced by no less an authority than the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

IPOA is correct in being dismayed by the probe team's failure to recommend a repeat of the recruitment in its entirety.

IPOA is now talking about court action.

This is a multiple-sector affair. Either way - whether the route taken is the probe team's consensus that the recruitment will not be overhauled or IPOA's day in court - the Judiciary must be seen to impose the most exemplary, because the most deterrent, sanctions on the corrupt recruiters and those who bribed them.

Let the NSPC, the CID, the courts and all other authorities involved in probing and prosecuting the flawed recruitments behave in such a thorough manner that it will be said of the NPS recruitment of 2014 that it was the last of its kind.

The sort of reported, alleged and perceived misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance that occurred up and down the country on July 14, 2014, is itself a danger to national security.

Corruption is a two-way street and among those to be probed and prosecuted must be members of the public who actively set out to corrupt the process.

Quote of the day: "An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory." -- German philosopher Friedrich Engels died on August 5, 1895.

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