Sunday, 5 January 2014

Senior officers sacked over money in their accounts

Nairobi. Three top police officers were yesterday shown the door after a National Police Service (NPSC) vetting panel found them unfit to continue in their roles in a service expected to embrace major reforms.
NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi said yesterday that senior deputy commissioners of police Francis Okonya, Jonathan Koskei and Peter Eregae had been retired after they failed to meet the high threshold of suitability and competence required for one to remain in the service.
Mr Okonya, a senior deputy commissioner of police I (SDCP-I), was until yesterday based at the Police Headquarters while Mr Koskei (SDCP-II ) was in charge of police reforms.
Mr Eregae (SDCP-II) served in the office of the Inspector-General.
Mr Kavuludi said the panel’s mandate did not extend to cases where the officers were found to have committed offences that would warrant them to be taken to court.
“The report is detailed and we only communicated to the individual officers. We will also share the information with relevant authorities like the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission,” he said.
“In arriving at the decision, the panel considered each officer’s entry qualification, integrity, financial probity, and respect for human dignity.
I, however, can report that none of the officers retired was found to have violated the rights of the public.”
Four senior police officers passed the first phase of vetting conducted between December 16 and 17 last year and whose results were released yesterday.