Ruto: EACC to carry out investigations into police enrollment
Deputy President William Ruto has asked the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) to carry out thorough investigations into allegations of corruption in recently concluded police recruitment exercise.
He said that should the allegations find fault with the exercise, stern action including prosecution will be taken against culprits.
“If the investigations find that the police recruitment was marred with corruption and other malpractices then appropriate action and prosecution will be taken against all those found culpable,” he said.
Speaking in Lumakanda in Kakamega County on Saturday, the Deputy President said that the recruitment was supposed to be an open function devoid of all forms of corruption.
Mr. Ruto noted that officers involved in the recruitment exercise were duty bound to make unbiased decisions devoid of favoritism and other forms of irregularities to restore confidence in the exercise.
“We demand of them accountability because they were entrusted with the recruitment at various levels,’’ said the DP.
He observed that it would be ironical for those to be trusted with the maintance or law and order in country to have been picked in a flawed exercise.
He added that it is necessary such an important process be done strictly on merit and with due regard to the provision of the law.
‘’How can we recruit those supposed to stem corruption in a corrupt way, thats why we demand accountability from Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo and the the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Johnstone Kavuludi,’’ he said
The Deputy President who was addressing mourners at a funeral service of the late Selina Jirongo mother to former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo said the government will develop all parts of the country without discrimination.
He pointed out that apart from recruitment of 10000 police officers,an additional 2000 police vehicles will be purchased this year to assist in beefing up security in the country.
Speaking during the same occasion ,Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi took issue against those calling for referendum.
Mr. Mudavadi said that it would be a waste of funds and absolutely unnecessary to engage national resources in such an exercise at this moment when the government was focused on moving the country forward.
“If we do our mathematics properly, we will find this to be an expensive exercise that will force the government to raise value added tax (VAT) to meet the cost,’’ Mudavadi said.
Quoting from the biblical verse from the book of Ecclesiastes, Mudavadi said there was time for everything and told the opposition Cord to forget the call for referendum
He said time for election was over emphasizing that focus should now be on developing the country.
“Let Kenya not be in a permanent election mood because it’s not good for our economy,’’ he said.
Others present in the burial ceremony included New Ford Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa,Senators and Members of Parliament.