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Bar now raised in police hiring

Recruits to the National Police Service will from next year be required to have a mean grade of C plain in KCSE, up from the current grade of D plain.

Also, 10 percent of the recruits must will have to be university graduates according to a new curriculum.

Inspector General of Police while making the revelations today also said that all police officers will from January next year undergo retraining as the service embraces reforms in the security sector.

But the retraining for serving officers will be gradual to ensure normal security services run uninterrupted.

New recruits will however be subjected to a 15 month with a three month internship.

“All officers will undergo a retraining process which will be put on a gradual basis as we strive to reform the police service. This begins from January 2017,” Mr Boinnet said.

He spoke earlier today at the signing of a private partnership program between the National Police Service, Chinese Embassy and the Private Sector Alliance.

“The mean grade will be C except for places where there will be none. That, however, has to be exceptional for the recruits to be taken and the issue of gender has to be observed,” Boinnet said on new recruits.

Boinnet stated that his officers will be trained in management, research methodology, judicial procedure, information security management, psychology, cyber-crime, customer care, human rights, security and safety in general.

600 to be trained to deal with hawkers menace in Nairobi

The Nairobi County Government has enrolled 500 Inspectorate Officers and 100 recruits to its fire brigade team to meet the demand for city Askari’s to deal with the spiraling number of hawkers within the central business district.

County Secretary Robert Ayisi said today that City Hall has reached an agreement with the National Police Service to train the new officers and ensure that traders are protected from extortionist gangs.

Mr Ayisi further noted that the training will commence in early December and run up to March next year before the officers are deployed in various parts of the city.

However, the county secretary acknowledged that the growing number of hawkers in the city streets remain a big challenge given that there is no alternative location to place them.

“Due to the growing concern of hawkers, the governor asked us to enroll at least 500 officers who will be trained under the new police curriculum. Everything is set and by early December we are ready for the training exercise,” Dr Ayisi said.

He spoke during the signing of a private partnership program between the NPS, Chinese Embassy and Private Sector Alliance that fronts the redevelopment Kilimani Police Station at the Serena Hotel Nairobi.

He however denied allegations that city askaris have been harassing and killing hawkers in the streets and instead blamed criminal gangs of impersonating the county officers to commit the felonies.
Auditor turns the heat on CS over ‘leaked’ report

An auditor at the ministry of health has refuted claims that he leaked the audit report which showed billions of money could have been squandered at Afya House.

Instead, Mr Bernard Muchere who heads the ministry’s internal audit unit told senators that there are strong indications that Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu might have leaked the internal report at the ministry which exposed massive embezzlement of public money.

Mr Muchere said that he only shared the report with the CS on August 29, 2016.

He said he has checked all avenues in his office and found no evidence that the report was leaked out from his office.

He said no one has the password to his computer where the report was and as such it could not have been leaked.

“I can authoritatively say that the report never leaked from my office. I’m not aware who leaked it since it was only me and the CS that had the report,” Muchere told the senate health committee.

While conducting the audit, Muchere told senators that he alerted the CS on the diversion of Sh350 million to purposes it was not meant for, Sh515 million meant for National Aids Control Council and how Sh265m was paid to Cooperative Bank of Kenya.

The auditor said the interim report was purely meant for internal consumption and for planning purposes for the management.

“The CS requested me to carry out the audit and hand over the report to him. I did not share the report with anyone not even the Permanent Secretary,” Muchere said.

Muchere said in course of conducting the audit, his office had difficult time in getting information from the accounting and procurement departments.

“We have not received any payment vouchers to date from the procurement and accounting department,” he said.

He said most of the contents of the report leaked out to the media were correct and tallied with his original report. The auditor noted that some information was added in leaked report that is not on his report. He pointed out that in his report he did not do any analysis of the owners of the companies of those adversely mentioned to have benefited from the Sh5 billion irregular payments.

 

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