Parliament blocks police recruits from reporting to college

By Marion Kanari

 

Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso urged the National Police Service Commission to postpone the reporting date (FILE)

The National Assembly has temporarily blocked the 10,000 new police recruits from reporting to Police College pending the completion of investigations by the National Security Parliamentary Committee.

Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso urged the National Police Service Commission to postpone the reporting date, ordered the committee to commence immediate investigations into allegations of tribalism, nepotism and corruption in the just concluded recruitment exercise.

The recently concluded police recruitment exercise which has been riddled with allegations of irregularities prompted heated debate in parliament.

The debate was sparked by Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who sought a statement from the national administration and security Committee Chair Asman Kamama over the status in the probing the matter.

Kamama revealed to the house the committee has already written a letter to the commission to postpone the reporting date for the new recruits from 5th of August pending the completion of its investigations.

A section of MP’s however demanded the cancellation of the entire exercise, maintaining it was riddled with corruption, tribalism, and nepotism calling for a fresh recruitment exercise.

Laboso ordered the committee to launch immediate investigations into the matter, even as she called on the national police service commission to extend the reporting deadline for the 10,000 recruits pending the outcome of the committee’s report.

The National Police Service Commission Tuesday revealed it had received over 300 complaints regarding the recruitment exercise and has since launched investigations.

However MPs led by Kipipiri MP Samuel Gichigi raised concerns arguing the commission cannot be relied on to investigate itself.

The committee has summoned Interior and National Coordination CS Joseph Ole Lenku, IPOA,EACC and the National Police Service Commission officials to appear before it as investigations commence.