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32 officers quizzed as police vetting resumes

Main Topix: Senior Assistant Commissioner And Assistant Commissioners Of Police - Chief Security Officer Eric Kiraithe And Patrick Lumumba
Due To The High Numbers Of Police Officers Undergoing The Exercise In The 3rd Phase, The Commission Has Formed Four Panels Being Led By Various NPSC Members FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) retreated on Tuesday to analyse the outcome of the vetting of 32 officers in the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner and Assistant Commissioners of Police done on Monday. Due to the high numbers of police officers undergoing the exercise in the 3rd phase, the commission has formed four panels being led by various NPSC members. The Johnstone Kavuludi-led panels will resume the exercise on Wednesday with another set of 32 officers undergoing vetting. The process is being conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3) which stipulate that members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence. The overall objective of the vetting is to build confidence and trust in the National Police Service. The applicable vetting standards include officers’ satisfaction of entry and training requirements, their professional conduct and discipline, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human rights. Out of 30 senior police officers who underwent the exercise in the...
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Police vetting moves to 166 senior cops

Main Topix: Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru And Nairobi Deputy Commandant Moses Ombati - National Police Service Commission
The 32 Are Among 166 Officers In The Rank Of Senior Assistant Commissioners Of Police And Assistant Commissioners Of Police Who Are To Be Vetted In The Next Two Weeks FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 3 – Thirty-two senior police officers underwent serious personal scrutiny Monday as the third phase of the national police vetting exercise kicked off in Nairobi. The 32 are among 166 officers in the rank of senior assistant commissioners of police and assistant commissioners of police who are to be vetted in the next two weeks. Unlike in the last two phases, in Monday’s session, there were four panels being led by various commissioners of the National Police Service Commission. Vitalis Otieno who is currently attached to the CID headquarters, revealed to the panel how a section of police officers serving under the anti narcotic department gained wealth by colluding with drug barons. He said such officers are enticed by the ‘easy money’ that comes along while executing their duties. “Most officers who want to be corrupt would like to serve under this department so that they get easy money. Due to the few numbers of narcotic officers in the field, if a corrupt officer comes across these drugs, he will spoil the case,” he pointed out. In...

Six suspects shot dead by police in Nairobi

Main Topix: National Police Service Act - Industrial Area
KWEYU: Who should teach sexuality to children? Police at a crime scene in Nairobi. At least six suspects have been shot dead by police in Nairobi in the last 12 hours. Five of the suspects were shot dead at Express Kenya Limited in Industrial Area while the sixth was shot dead in Ngara and a toy pistol recovered. The shooting of the six, said to have been armed with crude weapons and a toy pistol, has raised questions on the justifiable circumstances of using lethal force. Police have however defended their actions, saying that the suspects refused to surrender. Nairobi county commander Benson Kibue said that about eight men armed with crude weapons forced their way into the company premises at Industrial Area at around 1am on Sunday where they attacked watchmen before tying them with wires. They then loaded motorcycle tyres into a lorry but were confronted by the police as they were driving out of the compound. Five of them were shot dead while two escaped. The sixth suspect was shot in Ngara on Saturday night where police...

Counties face delicate balance in boosting security

Main Topix: Ministry Of Interior And Coordination Of National Government - National Police Service Act
The Constitution is clear that security is a national Government function. The cost of devolved functions based on the 2014/15 budget estimates show that the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government has allocated nothing to counties. When you look at ongoing implementation of budgets by some governors, many are coming up with proactive measures of engaging the security function. They are aware that it is a national Government function, but so far have gone ahead to buy police cars. That is the script in Nyeri, Mombasa and Machakos counties among others. Some like Machakos have promised to fuel and service the vehicles. The national Government on its part has started leasing equipment. Police vehicles are the first and a tender was given out to a firm to lease vehicles to the police as a cost cutting measure. Leasing ensures that maintenance of the vehicles, which has been a tough call for the police, is done by the lessor, hence their vehicles will or should at all times be in good condition and thereby boost their function. Truth is,...
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Police service launches revised standing orders

Main Topix: Deputy Inspector General Of Kenya Police Service Grace Kaindi - National Police Service Standing Orders Consultation Draft
The National Police Service (NPS) has presented the services standing orders drafts to the stakeholders to enable them give their views to the technical committee drafting the fourth edition. The views provided will guide the committee to come up with the final edition that will give officers guidance on how to ethically conduct themselves. The Inspector General of Police David Kimayo in a speech read on his behalf by the Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police Service Grace Kaindi said that the draft which is the fourth edition of the Police Standing Orders and the first composite under the National Police Service (NPS) will guide police officers in their operations and help them use the right judgment at all times. “With the new edition, the police service will be transformed from a force into a service that will be appreciated by the public because we will give them the services they want, he said. He said the promulgation of the new Constitution of Kenya in 2010 introduced fundamental changes in both the structure and command of the police thereby establishing...

MPs call for proactive measures against insecurity

Main Topix: Ken Obura And Ababu Namwamba - Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso
Members of Parliament are now calling for proactive measures in addressing security matters in the country. While sending their condolences to Nyakach MP Aduma Owuor who lost his parents in an arson attack last week, the legislators criticized what they termed the postmortem nature of handling insecurity in the country. In a debate that saw proceedings extended, the Mps called for allocation of more resources to the security personnel and fast tracking of police reforms to deal with the problem. Rarieda MP Nicolas Gumbo regretted that cases of insecurity have become rampant accusing the police of laxity. Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye claimed that the government was getting its priorities wrong and that it either arms or disarms the general public. Owuor who narrated the ordeal to the House, claimed his life is in danger following receipt of threats from an individual he alleged has been working closely with the area security personnel. Gem legislator James Nyikal called for the transfer of all officers attached to the Nyanza region. Suna East legislator Sheikh Junet Mohamed said the security system has failed...
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LSK seeks court order to eject Traffic boss

Main Topix: National Police Service Commission - Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru
LSK has filed a suit seeking orders to eject Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru over increased tragic road accidents. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has filed a suit seeking orders to eject Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru over increased tragic road accidents. The suit seeks a declaration that the Traffic Commandant is unfit to hold office following omissions, actions, abuse of power and gross neglect of Constitutional and Statutory duties. LSK has included the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) as respondents in the case filed at the High Court in Mombasa. The suit further seeks an order directing the NPSC to sack Mr Samuel Kimaru as an employee of the Service. According to the plaint (legal papers) drawn and filed by Ndegwa Muthama Katisya & Associates Advocates who are representing LSK, thousands of lives are being lost on roads. “Neglect of duty by the Traffic Commandant and the NPSC leads to loss of over 3,000 lives on the road annually,” says LSK in the plaint. LSK told the High Court that over 9,000 people are maimed for life annually, 26,000 vehicles...
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House wants JSC members investigated

Main Topix: Legal Affairs Committee Samuel Chepkonga - National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi
Judicial Service Commissioners address a press conference. Nairobi, Kenya: A parliamentary committee report has recommended that President Uhuru Kenyatta sets up a tribunal to investigate six commissioners of the Judicial Service Commission accused of impropriety. The Justice and Legal Affairs Committee wants commissioners Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Samuel Kobia, Christine Mango, Mohammed Warsame, Emily Ominde and Florence Mwangangi investigated by the special tribunal for flouting the law. Just a day after a court order sought to stop the committee from tabling the report, the chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee Samuel Chepkonga (Ainabkoi) tabled the report. The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said there was no way courts could stop what the House had already set in motion. The MPs cited Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity and Article 161(1) which designates the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary as the accounting officer and administrator of the Judiciary Fund, as those that had been breached by the commissioners who sit on the JSC’s Finance and Administration Committee. The House team said the commissioners had, on the face of it, flouted...

Kimaiyo denies threatening journalists

Main Topix: Constitution And National Police Service Act - Police David Kimaiyo
Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo, in a four-page statement, lectures the media on what constitutes acceptable reportage. Nairobi, Kenya: Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo has denied ever threatening to prosecute journalists over the Westgate coverage. In a four-page statement in which the police chief lectures the media on what constitutes acceptable reportage, he says he only “cautioned and also urged members of the media to embrace objective reporting and even make positive criticism where necessary so as to help the NPS (National Police Service) offer even better services”. Last week, the Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei and KTN investigative editors Mohamed Ali and John-Allan Namu received official summonses “to compel attendance” before the Kilimani CID boss George Ojuka. In the summonses, the police made it clear that they were “making an inquiry into alleged offence of unlawful sending of misleading messages” and that failure to heed them was an offence under Section 52 of the National Police Service Act. Monday, lawyers for the Standard Group obtained verbal assurances from DCIO Ojuka that the summons had been revoked. The Standard Group...

Why we must all guard against assault on press freedom

Main Topix: Kenya Information And Communication Act - National Police Service Act
This week marked a dark day for press freedom, as the first Inspector-General of what should be a reformed Police Service under the new Constitution, aimed the first salvo against the very essence of the reforms that Kenyans have for decades been fighting for. David Kimaiyo, who should have known better made it clear on Wednesday that journalists will be arrested and prosecuted over their coverage of the Westgate Mall terror attack and security response. And yesterday, a Mr George Ojuka, a senior superintendent of police, dispatched summonses to the CEO of the Standard Group, Mr Sam Shollei, and two investigative editors of broadcast wing KTN, Messrs John Allan-Namu and Mohamed Ali, compelling them to visit the CID Kilimani station for an inquiry under Section 52 of the National Police Service Act 2011. Mr Ojuka said he was making an inquiry into “the alleged offence of unlawful sending of misleading messages contrary to Section 44 of the Kenya Information and Communication Act”. The police action came one day after Kimaiyo accused journalists of “provoking propaganda and inciting Kenyans against the...