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Kenya: Leaders in Naivasha opposed to blanket pay package for police officers who fail the vetting process

Posted by African Press International on December 4, 2013

  • BY JACK MARWA, Kenya 

Religious leaders and Members of Country Assembly from the Naivasha Sub-County have opposed blanket pay package for police officers who will be rejected in the vetting exercise.

Speaking to journalists in Naivasha led by Bishop Joseph Wambugu of the Family Care international, the leaders said those found unfit to be in office should be sacked without any pay.

On their part the Members of Country Assembly led by Lakeview county representative Simon
Wanango called for vetting of Inspector General David Kimaiyo.

The Members of Country Assembly also called for the vetting of three deputies police officers (regular police), Grace Kaindi, (Administration Police Samuel Arachi) and CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro as the law requires.

Jointly at a press briefing they said the process targeted all officers as the exercise aimed was investigating on the suitability of all officers in the force.

Earlier National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi had said labour laws require that any employee who resigns or is forced to leave be paid his or her dues

Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku had said Treasury would release funds for those found unfit to serve or resign would be compensated.

According to CS the package pay included for those over 50 who would receive their retirement money and one month salary for every year they served and those below who would receive only gratuity.

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Kenya: “Police reforms are vital and it would be disastrous if they were diluted at the 11th hour,” said Amnesty International’s deputy director for Africa Sarah Jackson

Posted by African Press International on September 27, 2013

  • BY PETER  MUKABI (RADIO PRESENTER SAHARA FM KENYA)

Human rights violations will worsen if the Government persists with attempts to amend key laws that regulate the police, a watchdog has warned.

Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday said proposed amendments by Inspector-General David Kimaiyo to the reform package, which has been approved by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku, will weaken it and eliminate safeguards that regulate the force.

“Police reforms are vital and it would be disastrous if they were diluted at the 11th hour,” said Amnesty International’s deputy director for Africa Sarah Jackson.

“The police have been acting as if they are above the law for years and the Government must honour the commitments it made after the post-election violence and carry through these reforms,” she added.

The National Police Service (Amendment) Bill 2013 and National Police Service Commission (Amendment) Bill 2013, which are meant to clarify the responsibilities of the IG and National Police Service Commission, give the Inspector-General more powers.

The Bills are likely to be tabled in Parliament this week. However, Amnesty has warned this would put the powers of the police boss at greater risk of political interference.

The police boss will not be obliged to act on the recommendations of an oversight authority if the Bills pass.

The NPS Act required the police boss to act on the recommendations of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

However, that section has been deleted in the proposed amendments. “This really is a case of one step forward, two steps back. What promised to be a badly needed shake-up is unlikely to deliver on the key goal of a professional and accountable police service,” said Mrs Jackson.

She said the amendments would affect the independence of the IG as the police boss would be appointed by the President and Parliament.

The Bills also seek to allow police to use firearms to protect property and to stop someone charged with a serious crime from escaping or stop anyone helping them to escape, a proposal which has alarmed AI.

“These additional grounds are contrary to international standards on use of force and may facilitate unlawful killings,” said Mrs Jackson.

Kenyan police have been on spotlight since the 2007/8 post-election violence despite the amendment.

 

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