NAROK: A section of Jubilee legislators have called on the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi to go slow on sacking of police officers who fail vetting as the move posed threat to national security.
The Jubilee leaders led by Senate Majority Whip Beatrice Elachi and Kilgoris MP Gideon Konchella said the officers have served the country in the security docket for many years and were aware of the country’s security system and keeping them out of the service was counterproductive.
"I want to tell Mr Kavuludi to go slow on firing of officers for whatever reason. These officers are human and should they be sacked in an inhumane manner, they might be disgruntled and join insurgents,” said Elachi.
The leaders who were speaking at Narok Governor Samuel Tunai's Lolgorian area said the commission should look into alternative ways of dealing with such officers instead of sacking them in haste.
On his part Mr Konchella suggested that the commission should pre-vet the recruits on monthly basis before recruitment as opposed to the mass recruitment that has been used before in order to have officers with credibility.
"The NPSC should desist from the mass police recruitment that we have been witnessing. Thousands of youths turn up and the commission selects just 10 percent which could be criminal elements,” said Konchella.
He said that indiscipline police officers were a threat to national security saying that some officers have been found culpable of hiring out their arms to criminals a matter he said should not have arisen should the recruits' integrity had been tested before joining the service.
The leaders who were accompanied by Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot and Soipan Kudate (Narok Woman Rep) to Ilkarian Primary school for a fundraiser for women groups said corruption-free police officers were answer to insecurity.
Governor Samuel Tunai has however called on peace dialogue among the Kuria and Maasai communities living in both Migori and Narok Counties to end the frequent conflicts in the area.
"We need peace along the border of these two counties and I together with Migori Governor Okoth Obado will lead the reconciliation. We have already set 200 acres on the border,” said Tunai.
He said the two counties have agreed to set aside 200-acre piece of land to establish a boarding primary and secondary school where learners from both communities will study together as a way of bringing peace.