Police vetting: Activists decry send off packages
26 November 2013, 17:53
Nairobi - Civil Society groups have opposed plans to hand send off packages to police officers who will be culled by the ongoing vetting exercise.
If anything they argue, the officers should be arraigned in court to answer for the various offenses they will be found culpulable for.
Led by the Police Reforms Working Group PRWG, they argued that a send-off for such officers would be glorification of impunity.
This follows an announcement by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku who said that all officers affected by the vetting excercise have a constitutional right to a send off package.
Speaking on behalf of KPRG, Peter Kiama, an executive officer in the group termed the decision ill timed and morally wrong.
" The vetting excercise is there to enable us clean up the force by ridding it of bad officers and the influences they have. It would be wrong to again go back and reward them considering the attrocities they have committed.
" They should instead be punished for the crimes they have committed, he said at a press conference Tuesday.
The group also called on the top four officers in the police force, Inspector General David Kimaiyo, his deputies Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi as well as CID chief Ndegwa Muhoro to also be vetted.