NPS Chair says further auditing of police force set to continue

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National Police Service Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi (left) with Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba (right) in Kitale at the Trans Nzoia County headquarters
National Police Service Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi (left) with Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba (right) in Kitale at the Trans Nzoia County headquarters

The National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi has said further auditing will still be carried out in the police force which will take them to greater heights. Speaking in Kitale when he paid a courtesy call to Trans Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba, Kavuludi said there was a raft of measures that have been undertaken by the Commission, including reviewing some officers’ academic papers, to identify those who had been promoted unfairly or those being paid unnecessary exorbitant salaries. “We are going to make sure that the ranks that are held by different officers conform to the academic papers they hold, and this is not discriminatory,” said Kavuludi.

He said after vetting, Senior Officers passed the qualifications, however, many traffic officers didn’t meet the set qualifications, 433 in number, adding that the Commission didn’t hesitate to remove them from their posts.

Concerning the resignation of police officers, Kavuludi said so far no officer has resigned following reports graduate officers had resigned, insisting that the media had blown the issue out of proportion. “I have confirmed with the Police Commission CEO and he confirmed that he hasn’t received any resignation letter,” he said, “I’ve also confirmed with the Inspector General and he has said the same.”

Furthermore, he said there are currently no pay cuts in the police service as it was reported wrongly by the media, saying that the officers are paid their due salaries according to their ranks, with their packages made known immediately they are recruited into the police force.

The NPS Commission boss revealed there are some officers who claim to have the required academic pedigree needed for their respective ranks but haven’t presented them to the Commission, and he said when they’ll be found without their qualifications, their salaries will be withheld as the Commission investigates their viability and qualifications.