Kenyans urged to submit complaints on police recruitment irregularities
By John Kioria
The national police service commission is calling on members of the public to volunteer information on possible irregularities during Monday’s police recruitment exercise.
Commission’s chair Johnstone Kavuludi says members of the public have a seven day window to forward their complaints even as the commission moves to audit all recruitment centers.
Kavuludi says those found to have violated recruitment procedures will have their results cancelled while successful candidates will undergo thorough vetting to ascertain their suitability before joining respective training colleges.
It is an exercise that has attracted controversy, a process that was meant to have an additional 10,000 police officers join the service as the government moves to improve citizen to police ratio in the face of increased criminality.
Barely three days after the exercise was conducted, a section of Tigania residents held demonstrations demanding a repeat of the exercise claiming that it was marred by irregularities.
Claims that were repeated in Transmara where residents called for a repeat of the exercise alleging discrimination.
But it was not all condemnation however with members of the public from Laikipia North district terming the exercise transparent.
And as the debate continues, the National Police Service Commission wants Kenyans to submit their complaints within the next seven days.
Commission’s chair Johnstone Kavuludi says stern action will be taken against anyone found culpable with the new recruits scheduled to undergo a thorough vetting process to ascertain the authenticity of their certificates and suitability, even before they are admitted to the respective police training colleges.