By Athman Amran
The Independent Police Oversight Authority ( IPOA) has expressed frustration over the delay in setting up of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).
IPOA chairman Macharia Njeru has written to the acting Head of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia and Permanent Secretary in the Prime Minister’s office Mohamed Isahakia protesting the delays.
IPOA has also constituted a committee and board members to engage the Executive and Parliament until the issues are resolved.
Mr Njeru was speaking on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call on the Standard Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Paul Melly.
He, however, said the authority hopes to roll out its services in 120 days and implement its full mandate in another 180 days.
“Within not more than 18 months the police service will be the best on the African continent,” promised Njeru.
The NPSC is mandated with the appointment of the Inspector General of the Police and his two deputies as part of the police reforms as envisaged in the Constitution under the National Police Service Act.
It will also investigate any complaints related to disciplinary or criminal offences committed by any member of the service and make recommendations for appropriate action among other functions.
The setting up of the NPSC has been shrouded in controversy after the Parliamentary Committee on National Security recently rejected President Kibaki’s nomination of Amina Masoud to head it.
The committee proposed Jean Njeri Kamau, Murshid Mohamed, and Johnston Kavuludi.
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