Vetting of senior police officers in Lower Eastern continues

SP Michael K. Kaitha from Machakos before the panel (Photo by NPSC)

Over 80 senior police officers in lower Eastern are undergoing vetting in an exercise that seeks to eliminate rogue officers from the force.

The two day exercise by the National Police Service Commission is ongoing at the Machakos County Commissioner’s offices.

Senior police officers drawn from Machakos, Makueni and Kitui Counties are scheduled to appear before the commission which will then then head to Upper Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi respectively.

Superintendent of Police Isaac Onyango from Makueni  who appeared before the  panel Tuesday morning decried stagnation of officers which he said has contributed to low morale. SP Michael Kaitha from Machakos hailed the nyumba kumi initiative saying the cluster system is more effective in combating crime than community policing.

Addressing journalists, Kavuludi said the commission decided to take the vetting exercise closer to the officers so as to avoid inconveniences.

Kavuludi added that his Commission has incorporated officers from the Kenya National Human Rights, the Gender Commission, Public Service Commission and Law Society of Kenya as panelists during the vetting exercise.

He added that the Commission wants to give the public an opportunity to take part in the vetting process urging members of the public to give information that will assist the Commission in fairly vetting the officers to determine their competence.

After that the Kavuludi led Commission will proceed to Upper Eastern, Nyanza, Rift Valley, Western, Central, North Eastern and Nairobi.