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Lawyers want police vetting suspended

Sunday April 5 2015

National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi. Investigations have started into allegations that politicians influenced the recruitment of police cadets in which results from 36 centres were cancelled. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi. The police vetting board has been asked to stop work until investigations into its top officials are complete. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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The police vetting board has been asked to stop work until investigations into its top officials are complete.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) said on Sunday that if the officers are found guilty, the vetting could be nullified by a court of law.

National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and Commissioner Ronald Musengi are among individuals named in the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission’s list of officials being investigated over graft.

Mr Kavuludi is alleged to have abused his office and misused funds while Mr Musengi is accused of involvement in the irregular procurement of Konza Malili Ranch with former Information PS Bitange Ndemo.

LSK Chairman Eric Mutua said it was ironic that the team vetting police officers also had integrity issues. “In case they are found guilty, an avenue will be opened for anyone to challenge their decisions. So they should wait for investigations to be completed before they resume the vetting,” he said.

LSK Chief Executive Apollo Mboya said the allegations against the two could affect their performance.

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VETTING TOO SLOW

“There are also concerns that the vetting is too slow and causing a lot of anxiety among officers,” he said.

In a State of the Nation address last Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta asked Parliament to come up with a faster way of vetting police officers as they were getting demoralised.

Vetting of senior officers in Nyanza ended last Wednesday but Mr Kavuludi was not part of the panel that interviewed them.