Kenya Tackles Corruption By Getting Rid Of 302 Police Officers

On Thursday, it was announced that Kenya had decided to fire 302 police officers who refused to undergo the vetting process by the commission.

The commission has instituted some reforms that should result in clearing the name of the organization which has been marred with claims of corruption.

The National Police Service Commission chairman, Johnston Kavuludi had ordered the police officers to submit their credentials and documents as well as other possessions such as guns to which they refused.

The process which also required the officers to undergo financial probes saw many of them being incapable of explaining how they came about their wealth.

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The police officers who failed to fulfill the critical appraisals will be given dismissal letters by Police Chief Joseph Boinnet.

This decision to fire the police officers was reached during a meeting among board members of the commission on Tuesday.

The current vet which is being undertaken by police officers is as a result of a reform influenced by the change of Kenyan constitution in 2010. According to Article 246 and National Police Service Act (2011) Section 7(2) and (3):

“Members of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence”.

The vetting process which began in December 2013 is now in its second phase. The panel resumed in March 2016 for the second phase.

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The Kenyan police reputation has been smeared with corruption allegations. Eric Kiraithe the government spokesman who was once a spokesperson for the Kenya Police Force also confirmed that the department is in fact corrupt.

The commission hopes that by the end of the vetting process, dignity will be restored to the Kenyan police force.