Uhuru accused of sabotaging reforms
03 June 2013, 14:12
Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo have accused the Office of the President of intending to sabotage police reforms by weakening powers held by National Police Service Commission in favour of Inspector General.
The duo has taken the president to task for his promises during the campaigns, claiming that he is not living to the expectations of the people as the constitution is being adulterated under his nose.
“The president can only say that he is protecting the constitution if the commissions that were proposed are functioning for the benefit of all, not by killing them one by one so that they are toothless,” said Jirongo.
Jirongo added that Kavulundi’s commission is being harassed by the office of the Inspector General who wants all the powers to be relinquished to him and render the NPSC useless.
He noted that this is a tentative move by the Jubilee government to silence the voice of the people and concentrate on fostering impunity without any.
“If the commissions are strangled anyhow, it demeans the people of Kenya who voted for the constitution overwhelmingly because they were tired of dictatorial regimes,” he said.
Akaranga said that as part of the government, he will ensure that the NPSC is given time and resources to exercise its powers as an independent commission without any hindrances.
“The President has assured us time and again that his main duty is to safeguard the constitution, and if he fails to do this, it will be because the leaders who are surrounding him are not giving him the proper advice,” said Akaranga.
He noted that during this period when the wave of insecurity has hit the country, it is foolish of Kimaiyo to engage in secret brawls with Kavulundi instead of seeking permanent solutions to end the menace.
“The last person to be fought by the Office of the President should be the chairman of the National Police Service Commission,” he said.
In the recent weeks, a tussle has been simmering over the powers and responsibility of the Inspector General of police and the National Police Service Commission.
The tussle centers on operational structures, officer deployment and disciplinary issues. It erupted after the NPSC advertised 94 positions for County police bosses.
The National Police Service Amendment Bill 2013 has since been prepared by the Office of the President and is ready to be introduced to parliament, which seeks to completely weaken the NPSC in favour of the Inspector General.
“Kimaiyo seems to be that person who wants to use excessive power and doesn’t want to be held accountable to any independent authority,” Jirongo said.
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