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Trade unions call for halt to police vetting

31 March 2014, 09:12

Nairobi - The Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General, Francis Atwoli, has expressed concern over the state of insecurity in the country.

He warned that vetting of police could thus be counterproductive.

Atwoli said he was deeply concerned over the recent attack at a church in Likoni, Mombasa County adding that sacking of police was not going to solve the problem.

He said that the solution would be found in supporting the Inspector General of Police in the war against insecurity in the country.

Atwoli subsequently called for the deferment of the police vetting exercise if peace was to be achieved in the country.

“The issue of vetting must stop. Vetting of police officers must stop if we want peace in this country,” he said.

Atwoli weighed in on the recent differences between the Chair of the National Police Service Commission, Johnson Kavuludi, and the Inspector General, David Kimaiyo, saying the latter should be left to do his work undeterred.

He warned that the public could be in danger if the police were not assured of their jobs.

“We will be shot at while the police watch. It is not a joke. We need to assure them of their job security. We need to handle them with great care,” said Atwoli.

 – CAJ News

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