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Police recruiment must be above board - rights groups demand

20 April 2015, 16:13 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Human rights organizations in the country want the police recruitment that kicked off on Monday to be done in a transparent and accountable manner.

The rights organizations said the recruitment, which is being repeated following the cancellation of a previous exercise on allegations of corruption, is a matter of great public interest and therefore the process must be above board.

Speaking during a joint press conference over the weekend  in Nairobi the Kenya National Human Rights (KNHCR) Chief executive officer Patricia Nyaundi, and director of the Rights Promotion & Protection (RPP) Gitau Wanguthi said Kenyans must monitor the recruitment exercise.

“The exercise which is being repeated after the first one was marred with massive irregularities must reflect the goals and objectives of the national police service commission (NPSC). Only those who genuinely meet the required standards must join the service,” said Nyaundi.

She said the national values and principles of professionalism, transparency and accountability as enshrined in the constitution must be met and members of the public must participate in the process.

“We would like to remind all recruiting panels that each person will be held individually accountable for any violation of the law in the recruitment. The giving and receiving of bribes to facilitate preferential treatment is not only an abuse of the process but also a violation of human rights and a criminal act,” warned Nyaundi.

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“We are asking members of the public to be keen at the recruitment centres and take note of the service numbers of the officers conducting the exercise. We are urging the public to document any malpractices they witness and share the information with us,” she said.

Wanguthi said they have agreed with officials of over 10 organizations to deploy their members to monitor the exercise in over 30 counties.

“Some of the counties our officers will be monitoring include Nairobi, Nakuru, Bungoma, Kakamega, Kwale, Baringo, Siaya, Wajir and Garissa,” noted Wanguthi.

The right organizations that will be involved in the process apart from RPP and KNCHR, according to Wanguthi, include Usalama Forum, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO), Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the International Centre For Transition and Justice (ICTJ).

“Should anyone witness any of the above and more, please send a message to our hotline monitoring center on 0713-584-101 or call 0733-780-000 or 0724-254-448. Those on twitter can reach us on @hakiKNCHR, @usalamaforum, @CRECOkenya and @fidakenya. Email is policerecruitment2015@knhcr.org,” said Wanguthi.

KNHCR Commissioner, Jedidah Wakonyo Waruhiu and Edna Nyaloti, a principal human rights officer at the same organisation, were also present at the press briefing.

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