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Police recruitment sheds bribery tag with show of might

20 April 2015, 19:04 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Bribery and police recruitment go hand in hand in Kenya, but the latest exercise it seems will be different.

The exercise, which kicked off Monday morning, has been redone thanks to the previous one being also filled with allegations of serious bribery and massive irregularities.

In several recruitment stations, there were murmurs of bribery from parents and potential recruits, who said that they had been openly asked to part with amounts as much as KES 100,000 to guarantee a place in the force.

But that was isolated.

In most places, there was a show of might from authorities, either keen to have a clean process or doing well enough to hide the fact that the process is flawed.

Either way, there were not too many reports of complaints in the stations visited by News24.

The exercise is being held in 294 centres across the country and is closely monitored by security officers, right groups and National Police Service Commission officials and those from the Independent Policing Oversight Authority IPOA.

The Nyayo centre was good to go, as was the one at the NYS training school as well a the CID training school were all quietly done and there were no complaints especially from observers.

" It has been a good day so far and we hope that this process will end in the right manner," an observer that asked not to be named told News24.

However, a recruit at the Nyayo Stadium centre said that he had been asked to part with KES 100,000 after he was found to be older than the 28 years old required for candidates that have no tertiary training.

" I was told by an officer that I missed out on age but had everything else they wanted, so if I had 100,000, he would get me in,, the candidate that sought anonymity told News24.

The process seeks to recruit 10,000 police officers to aid the police force which has been struggling with numbers.

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