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Terror groups recruiting sacked Kenyan police officers

05 July 2016, 15:18 Joseph Njung'eh

Nairobi - Terror groups are recruiting sacked Kenyan police officers to carry out criminal activities, nominated Senator Beatrice Elachi has said.

Elachi criticized National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman, Johnstone Kavuludi for sacking the officers, warning that they are a soft target for terror groups.

“Kavuludi must take care while dealing with police officers even the rogue ones. There are other ways to discipline the officers other than sacking. He must come to reality that the officers are well trained persons with numerous national secrets on security,” said Elachi.

She observed that the fired officers could also join local criminal gangs since some are young and already have skills and intelligence networks.

“Reforms are needed in police service but Kavuludi should move at a slow pace,” said the government Chief Whip in Senate.

She made the remarks during a public meeting in Othaya, Nyeri County.

Read Also: Kavuludi fires 302 police officers for skipping vetting

Elachi, who was in the company of MP Mary Wambui also asked the NPSC to change the police recruitment policy in order to absorb disciplined persons.

“The recruits should be vetted first and then put under probation for six months before joining Police College for training. The old practice of running in the field is absorbing persons who are not morally upright and who later destroy the image of Police Service,” she noted.

More than 300 police officers were recently dismissed from service after failing to appear before the vetting board and hand over their credentials and other documents.

Kavuludi said the officers, who rank from Chief Inspectors to Police Inspectors, were asked to surrender their guns to the officers in charge.

- MyNews24

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