Agencies to Resolve Police Recruitment Stalemate

Consultations between the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), the National Police Service Commission and the office of the Attorney General are set to start ‘soon’ in a bid to reach a common ground on the controversial recruitment of 10,000 police officers.

Attorney General Githu Muigai said on Wednesday that the three State agencies want to agree over the exercise that is currently subject of a court case over allegations of malpractices during the exercise that was conducted last year.

Muigai however noted that the discussions will be restricted on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive that all the 10,000 recruits report to their respective training colleges.

“A three-way discussion between the Inspector General of Police, IPOA and the State law office will meet to find a way of fast tracking the recruitment with the manner consisting the wishes and the directive of the President and in a manner that is consistent with the findings already made,” he stated.

President Kenyatta ordered that the 10,000 recruits be enrolled to Kiganjo Police Training College after Garissa University College attack that left 147 people dead.

The president said his Government efforts to maintain security countrywide was being hampered by the low number of police officers in the country.

“This is a moment for everyone throughout the country to be vigilant as we continue to confront and defeat our enemies,” he said.

“I further direct the Inspector-General of Police to take urgent steps and ensure that the 10,000 recruits, whose enrolment is pending, promptly report for training at the Kenya Police College, Kiganjo.”

“I take full responsibility for this directive. We have suffered unnecessarily due to shortage of security personnel. Kenya badly needs additional officers, and I will not keep the nation waiting.”

Their recruitment was quashed by the High Court after it emerged that the process was not above board in a case taken to court by IPOA.