KNCHR demands list of police recruits

Kenya National Commission of Human Rights Commissioner Shatikha Chivusia (left) with Deputy Inspector General Patrick Lumumba and Commission’s CEO Patricia Nyaundi during the launch of the 2016 police recruitment report at Laico Hotel in Nairobi today.

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has been urged to publish the list of all successful candidates who were recently recruited to join the National Police Service.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights says the list should be made public for accountability and transparency.

KNCHR said the move would eradicate altercation of the list where names of those who successfully qualified to join the police service are deleted and replaced by others.

The recommendation is among several the human rights watchdog has made in its report of the April assessment of the police recruitment aimed at curbing corruption during police recruitment.

Speaking today morning during the release of the report titled Disservice to the Service at a Nairobi hotel, KNCHR Chief Executive Officer Patricia Nyaundi also called on the Inspector General Joseph Boinnet to take action against officers found to have deliberately flouted the regulations during recruitment exercise.

“The Inspector General and the National Police Service Commission should furnish KNCHR with the list of the recruits at each center as this shall be useful in carrying out audit,” Nyaundi said.

“The commission therefore requests the office of the Inspector General and the NPSC to make public final list of successful recruits from each center in the spirit of transparency and accountability,” she added.

The commission also noted that the recruitment failed to meet the two-thirds rule as some recruitment centres failed to adhere to the rule and therefore the overall recruitment did not achieve the desired gender quota.

Centers worst affected by the gender disparity included Dadaab Airstrip where no female was recruited, Laikipia West, Masalani, Maua, Eldoret showground, Amagoro primary in Busia, Kamkunji sports ground, Nyasanda and Kerina primary school in Kisii.

Patrick Lumumba who represented the Inspector General acknowledged that the exercise did not adhere to the two-thirds gender rule due to the haste into which it was carried out.

Lumumba explained that the recruits were to be deployed in hardship areas upon completion of their training which was not good for the female candidates.

“The recruitment was carried out after an order from the President and therefore everything was done in a hurry, besides the officers were to be deployed in very hardship areas,” Lumumba said.

In overall, KNCHR noted that there was general improvement in the management of the recruitment process. There was also a reduction in the incidences of blatant bribery.

The commission observed that issues raised to the National Police Service in relation to the exercise were responded to in time.

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