Keter asks NPSC to suspend police recruitment exercise
15 July 2014, 16:33
Nairobi – Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter has called on the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to suspend the recruitment of 10 000 police officers completed on Monday alleging that the exercise was marred with corruption among other illegalities.
Keter said the suspension will give room for investigations to bring to book recruitment police officers who engaged in bribery during the process and allow for a fair and transparent exercise following nationwide public outcry through the media.
"I have noted with concern that the rampant corruption, which has marred the process and has widely been reported in the media as well as complaints I have received from members of the public,” said Keter.
“I call upon the National Police Service Commission headed by Johnston Kavuludi and Inspector General David Kimaiyo to suspend the process forthwith until these concerns are addressed,” he added.
Keter asserted that the scheduled recruitment period was ill-advised because it has locked out many Muslim youths who are observing the holy month of Ramadhan. He said the Muslim leaders’ earlier plea to NPSC to defer the exercise was disregarded hence tactically fixed to discriminate Muslim youths from participation.
The Nandi Hills MP also raised concern that the exercise locked out many youths due to rejection on minor qualifications such as body scars, brown teeth due to fluoride effects, and possession of certificates from other countries in addition to subjection to medical tests with flimsy results.
"I have also noted that several youths have been turned away on grounds that their certificates were not genuine or certified by Commission on Higher Education yet the real reason they were rejected was unfortunately because the police were asking for kickbacks,” said Keter.
He alleged that recruits were asked to give over KES 100 000 as bribe for consideration while those who gave below the amount were rejected and their money returned.
“In Eldoret for example, two young men claimed they were expelled because they produced both certificates from Ugandan institutions and from Kenya. It is unfortunate that youths who had certificates from private international schools were not considered fit to serve the nation,” he reiterated.
“It also heartens me that the medical health requirements the youths were subjected to, were merely excuses to lock them out of the process to allow the pre-determined youths to benefit, for example the youths were asked about the number of their teeth and others were rejected in Naivasha because they had brown teeth due to effects of fluoride,” said Keter.
He further said the recruitment exercise was marred with regional imbalance since the required number of recruits was not based on the population per district.
Keter’s call for suspension of the completed police recruitment has been supported by the Kimilili MP, Chris Wamalwa who has presented a motion in Parliament seeking investigations into the alleged corruption and other irregularities.
The National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi responded to Wamalwa’s motion by directing human rights organization to conduct the investigations into the allegations.
It was reported that the recruitment of 10 000 police officers which is the highest number of officers recruited at once in Kenya’s history cost about KES 2 billion.
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