BY SAM ALFAN.
High court t judge sitting in Nairobi has directed The National Police Service Commission and Independent Policing Oversight Authority to embrace negotiation to solve the recruitment fiscal.
Justice Isaac Lenaola said that the dispute over the recruitment process can be solved by parties sitting down to find out where the problem was, rather than engaging in court battle.
The judge however said if parties fail to agree the matter shall proceed to full hearing and the court shall make a determination.
He said before the dispute is solved there shall be no issuing of letters of appointment to any one of the recruited persons.
Justice Lenaola further directed that the recently tabled report by the Multi- Agency Working Group be availed to court by Friday this week to enable the court also understand what happened during the recruitment exercise.
Earlier this month court sitting in Nairobi 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 on August 20, 2014 11 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 court fixed the hearing of the petition on 28 August 2014.