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Vetting of senior police officers in North Rift kicks off

Winstone Chiseremi @Wchiseremi

National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has started vetting police officers in the rank of Chief Inspectors in North Rift region in the second phase of the countrywide exercise. Chairman Johnston Kavuludi said the six-day exercise will focus on competence and suitability of the targeted police officers.

“We shall release the results of the police officers to be retained in the force and those who will be sent home after compiling our report,” he said. Kavuludi allayed fears among police officers in the lower ranks who have acquired diploma and degree certificates that they would not be promoted.

He attributed the delay to the process of verifying their certificates with the relevant government departments to establish authenticity of their documents.

“We need to establish whether the colleges where they acquired their certificates are recognised by the government,” said Kavuludi. Kavuludi was addressing the media in Eldoret town after paying a courtesy call on Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago. He said police officers should be patient as their welfare is being addressed.

“The Interior ministry, which is headed by Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has been allocated the highest budgetary allocation in the government spending in the 2018/19 financial year.

According to the budget policy statement, Matiang’i’s docket is set to control Sh 286.7 billion behind Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development docket that is headed by James Macharia which will control Sh 301 billion.

“The welfare of police officers in regard to housing, enhanced remuneration and allowances among other pertinent issues are being looked into by the government,” said Kavuludi.

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