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Confusion as suspended police recruits report to Kiganjo

13 April 2015, 09:14 Joseph Njung'eh

Kiganjo - Hundreds of 2014 police recruits reported to Kiganjo Police Training College Sunday but were turned away by police officers.

The recruits drawn from various parts of the country had obeyed President Uhuru Kenyatta’s order that the suspended recruits continue with training following the Garissa terror attack.

They were however ordered to leave the college gate and its precincts by armed officers who were deployed to secure the place.

Confusion emerged after the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman, Johnstone Kavuludi issued a directive on Thursday calling for a fresh recruitment drive scheduled for April 20.

The angered candidates who were in the company of their friends and relatives said they were not aware of Kavuludi’s directive.

They had arrived at the College gate at 6.00AM while others arrived in Nyeri town on Saturday evening to avoid late arrivals.

Read Also: Uhuru orders 10,000 police recruits to head for training

Elijah Mugambi, a parent to one of the recruits from Isiolo County, said the 10 000 police recruits cannot be dismissed without proof that their recruitment was marred with corruption and other malpractices.

“I was not aware that there was another directive stopping the candidates from reporting to College. I was shocked to find armed police officers who turned us away. Initially I thought they had been assigned to pick the candidates from the gate,” said Mugambi.

Erick Njoroge, a recruit from Nairobi attributed his woes to NPSC, saying that the confusion was coming from many centres of power created by the constitution.

“The government knows the individuals who gave out and received bribes but there are fears because some are senior officers at Counties. They are the ones who should be punished not innocent people,” said Adrew Kiriamana, a parent from Lare in Tharaka Nithi County.

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