Over 300 traffic police sacked after vetting

Written By: Beth Nyaga/KNA
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Traffic police officers sacked after vetting
National Police service commission chairman, (R) Johnstone Kavuludi when he paid a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago (c) on Monday. He announced that 322 traffic police officers have been sacked after vetting.
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Over three hundred traffic police officers have been sacked after the second phase of vetting.

National Police Service Commission, NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said the three hundred and twenty two (322) affected officers were removed from the police force payroll after failing competence and suitability tests.

Some of the police officers who appeared before the commission’s panel lacked integrity while others failed to explain how they acquired enormous wealth despite their meager salaries, said Kavuludi.

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“Twelve per cent of the officers from the traffic department who were vetted failed the tests leaving the commission with no option but dismiss them from the police force,” added the chair.

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Kavuludi also said officers who have been sacked as well as those who have been retained already know their fate.

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“Statistics don’t lie and its common knowledge that most fatal road accident that have occurred on our roads in the recent past were because the police officers tasked with ensuring traffic rules are observed by motorists engaged in corruption,” said Kavuludi.

He revealed that 1,514 police officers from North Rift are lined up for vetting by the commission during the current phase.

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Kavuludi said that some police officers were trying to avoid facing the commission for vetting to establish their suitability and competence but warned them that the exercise is mandatory.

The NPSC Chair however noted that the number of those expected to undergo vetting may reduce due to some officers who have already attained retirement age.

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