KNCHR raises concerns over police recruitment drive

By KBC Reporter

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has raised concerns over what it says are glaring procedural anomalies ahead of Monday’s countrywide police recruitment exercise.

The commission says the National Police Service Commission has ignored critical guidelines that could act to compromise the validity of the exercise.

In fact, the commission is deeply concerned that despite the gazzettement of regulations on recruitment by the Kavuludi led commission, the exercise over the years continue to witness non-compliance of its guidelines which could erode public confidence if not addressed.

Some of the concerns include the omission of parts of the two tier recruitment process, unclear modalities on adherence to gender, regional and ethnic balance.

The regulation on publicity and public participation has been violated given that only seven days instead of 14 were given for the public to engage with the process after the advertisement.

The Commission says the move may compromise the exercise and erode the credibility of the process. Speaking to journalists, KNCHR vice Chair George Morara appealed to the Police Service to adhere to the regulations of the recruitment to ensure the process does not fall into public ridicule by appearing to hang onto old methods of recruitment.

George Morara further says it has deployed monitors in all the 47 counties in efforts aimed at enhancing transparency, accountability and professionalism during the exercise.

The Commission has also recommended the setting up of operational complaints desks at the recruitment centers for candidates to air grievances touching on the exercise.

Morara also emphasized the need for recruits to be given 7 seven days for preparation before reporting to the training colleges  noting that last year only one day was given.

Candidates or members of the public wishing to report any malpractices during the exercise can send an SMS on 22359 or call 0724 256448/0733 780 000.


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