50 senior officers sacked after failing vetting process
SEE ALSO :Why I fought officers: Tuk tuk driverMost of the affected officers were accused of corruption and abuse of human rights and are from Kenya Police, Administration Police and Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, his deputies Edward Mbugua (Kenya Police) and Noor Gabow of Administration Police attended the meeting. More than 1,000 officers of the affected rank were vetted in the exercise that ran between May and July. “After deliberating on the list and accusations leveled on the officers, they all agreed that they be sent home. They will be given their letters,” said an officer aware of the process. Last year, 127 traffic officers, out of the 904 vetted were dismissed, raising to 14 per cent, the number of officers found unsuitable, up from four per cent.
SEE ALSO :Mechanics rough up police in NakuruSince the commencement of the vetting of police officers in December 2013, different cohorts of officers comprising more than 15,000 have so far been vetted. Vetting of police officers was among the more than 200 proposals of a commission set up following the 2007-2008-post election violence. The overall goal of the National Task Force on Police Reforms headed by retired Judge Philip Ransley was to transform the police service into an efficient, effective, professional and accountable security agency that Kenyans would trust with their safety and security. The need for police reform was reinforced by recommendations made by the Waki Commission of Inquiry into the 2007 Post-election Violence. This was after police were largely blamed for the violence the broke out after the disputed polls that claimed more than 1,000 lives. The commission recommended urgent and comprehensive vetting to be undertaken by a panel of policing experts to ensure that the service had officers with required competence, skills and knowledge.