Kavuludi team sacks 14 senior police officers

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The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has sacked 14 senior police officers, who were vetted and declared unfit to serve.

Those sacked by the Johnston Kavuludi-led commission were in the ranks of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Superintendent of Police (SP).

Another 23 officers, who had been sent home after vetting, have been reinstated by the commission after a review revealed that they had been wrongfully implicated in various vices.

On Wednesday, the commission said in a statement that it had accepted 36 requests for review and rejected 23, in accordance with Vetting Regulation 33(2), which provides the criteria for granting such a request.

“The 23 officers are among 63 who failed in results released on October 9, 2015,” the commission stated.

Sixty-two officers had appealed for a review of the NPSC’s verdict after they were declared unfit to serve.

“The commission overturned its decision with regard to 23 officers but upheld the decision to remove 13 officers from the service,” NPSC stated.

The commission also vetted a Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police afresh after he was reinstated by the court. He had been dismissed from the service.

The commission further said that the vetting, which is meant to ensure that the National Police Service has  only officers with integrity and who uphold human rights, will continue.

The NPSC has over the past three years sent home officers accused of corruption, extrajudicial killings, submission of fake academic documents and bank statements, mistreatment of juniors, human trafficking and other illegal activities.

Officers from four cohorts have been vetted so far and the commission is now focusing on the traffic department.

Those vetted include Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (SDCP) I&II, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police (SACP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP).

Others are Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and Superintendent of Police (SP) and Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP).

Meanwhile, the NPSC will tomorrow interview five officers for the post of Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Kenya Police Service to replace Ms Grace Kaindi, who was removed from office last year.

Those shortlisted include acting DIG Joel Kitili and Deputy Director of Criminal Investigations Joseph Ashimala, former CID boss Gideon Kimilu, Ms Mary Kaol and Ms Judy Lamet.

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