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Kisumu police officer fails to account for Sh4m of his Sh6m wealth

Constables Elias Kipkosgey at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu Monday during the ongoing police vetting. [PHOTOS: DENISH OCHIENG/STANDARD]

A Kisumu based traffic Policeman failed to account for over Sh4 million out of his over Sh6 million net worth.

Constable Bernard Rayasi, who earns approximately Sh28,000 per month, said he earns about Sh1 million on farm produce which made Sh2 million between 2011 and 2013.

He told the police vetting panel led by National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi that he plants maize, beans, bananas among other on a leased 10-hectare land, which he usually sells at Kongowea market in Mombasa.

He said he owns a plot with rental houses which earn him approximately Sh192,000 every two years.

“When I add your monthly salary, rental income and farming for two years, I get a total of Sh2,876,000 yet your deposits are in excess of Sh6 million, how do you explain that?” Dr Kavuludi asked. Mr Rayasi said the excess amount was from allowances that were given to them while on duty away from his station.

“You will have to re-fill your wealth declaration form. Include the farming and rental income. You also have to provide us with a soft copy of all your M-pesa transaction statements from 2014 to date,” Kavuludi said.

Another officer was on the spot after the vetting team realised she made several transactions yet her account was in arrears.

Bank transactions for Constable Joan Chepng’eno, who has served for 11 years and is currently based in Kisii, revealed that she made lump-some deposits of Sh25,000, Sh20,000, Sh52,000, Sh50,000 and many more in 2013.

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She told the panel that her husband is a businessman and he was the one depositing the money to her account to enable both of them take a loan.

“I also farm maize in Bomet and I usually earn approximately Sh140,000 from the proceeds,” she said.

Commissioner Mary Owuor said it was not making sense that Ms Chepng’eno had very many transactions yet her account was in arrears.

ROUND FIGURES

“From your bank statements, it seems you are living beyond your means,” Ms Owuor said.

Kavuludi told her that her liabilities seemed to outweigh her assets. He questioned why her cash deposits were in round figures.

“The negative account you have can be a reason to remove you from the service. If the Government is paying you and you are living beyond your means then it means you might be easily bribed,” he told her.

Assistant Inspector General of Police Peter Pamba recommended that an officer from Homa Bay Traffic Base be transferred to Kiganjo due to his exemplary performance before he joined police service.

Mr Pamba said Josephat Rotich was suitable to be taken to Kiganjo as an instructor in English and sporting activities.
This was after Kavuludi pointed out that Mr Rotich had scored distinctions in almost all subjects when he trained as a teacher at Egoji Teachers Training College.

The panel found out that Corporal Elias Koskei, who is based at the Kisii traffic base, received a total of Sh400,000 from M-Pesa till numbers. 

The officer told the panel that he got the money from well-wishers to help him settle his medical bill.

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