COURT STOPS ADMISSION OF POLICE RECRUIT.

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Kenya police stage a colour passout ceremony once a year at Kenya Police training college in Kiganjo, Nyeri town.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Court sitting in Nairobi has stopped issuance of letters to the police recruits in an exercise that was carried out on the 14th of July 2014 pending the hearing and determination of the case that was filed by Independent Police Oversight Authority.
Justice Mumbi Ngugi also ordered that the report due to be released by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) not to be effected yet.
The report will detail investigations into allegations that the exercise was marred by corruption, nepotism, tribalism and political interference.
Over ten thousand police recruits who underwent a rigorous police recruitment exercise just under a month ago will have to wait a little bit longer to know their fate after the court halted issuance of letters.
The letters were scheduled to be issued this week after the release of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) investigation report on claims of irregularities.
This came after the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) moved to court seeking the nullification of the exercise.
The police oversight body claims that that the process was conducted in a manner that was not in compliance with the Constitution and hence led to the great hue and cry from members of the public and aggrieved participants.
Lawyer Paul Ojwang representing the Attorney General Paul Ojwang acknowledged that indeed the exercise was marred with irregularities but said that it does not warrant nullification of the whole process and that will be unfair to the innocent recruits.
He added that the suit is defective, amorphous and it has been overtaken by events. The recruitment took place in 293 centers country-wide costing 90 million shillings.
IPOA wants the court to compel the Respondents to develop and gazette recruitment regulations pursuant to Section 28 (f) of the National Police Service Commission Act and another order compelling the Respondents to repeat the recruitment exercise in tandem with National Police Service Commission.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) says it has no confidence in the multi-agency working group formed to investigate irregularities in the recent police recruitment.
IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru says apart from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the rest were involved directly in the exercise.
“If we were to allow this kind of recruitment, we should not lie to ourselves that we are undertaking any kind of police reforms,” Njeru cautioned.
“In fact, what the police are doing and the National Police Service Commission, they are making nonsense of all the recommendation that has been made before regarding what we should do in taking the police service forward.”
He termed the audit as a public relations exercise meant to divert public attention from the issues raised.The hearing is scheduled for the 20th of this month.

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