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Industrial Court rejects application to block NPSC from removing two officers from the Service

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Peter Elaini Eregae and Jonathan Kipkirui Koskei today became the first officers to be successfully removed from the National Police Service on account of failing vetting.

 

This was after the Industrial Court rejected an application by the two officers to block the Commission from removing them from the Service.

 

They were among the top seven officers of the ranks of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (I) and (II) who kicked off the vetting process in December 2013.

 

In that group of seven, three officers who included Eregae, Koskei, and Francis Omondi Okonya, were found to be incompetent and unsuitable to continue serving in the National Police service.

 

Exercising powers conferred by the National Police Service Act 7(3), the Commission consequently discontinued their service but the officers moved to the High Court challenging their removal on the grounds that they were vetted before they could fully interact with the vetting regulations. The HighCourt ruled that they be vetted afresh.

 

In line with the High Court decision, the Commission wrote to Peter Eregae and Jonathan Koskei informing them of the intention to vet them again but two offers declined to be vetted.

 

As a result, the Commission removed them from the Service pursuant to Regulation 20 of the Vetting Regulations 2013 which provides that where an officer wilfully refuses to attend the vetting process by failing to appear before the Commission ‘the commission shall treat such officer as having failed the vetting process and shall remove the officer from the Service.’

 

The officers then moved to the Industrial Court to block the Commission from discontinuing their Service. Today, Juctice Monica Mbaru of the Industrial Court rejected their application on grounds that the matter had already been decided by the High Court. With the matter dismissed, the officers stand removed from the service.

 

So far, all the officers who have failed the vetting process have either applied to the Vetting Review Panel of the Commission for a review of the decision or sought redress from the Courts.

 

At the moment there are three officers whose cases are still pending in court. Nine officers were recently re-vetted, two of them as a result of a court order and the rest due to recommendations by the vetting review panel of the Commission.

Medanta AfriCare to collaborate with NPSC and NPS on provision of health services to police officers

As part of its corporate social responsibility Medanta AfriCare will partner with the National Police Service Commission and the National Police Service to offer free medical diagnostic assistance to police officers.

 

“Policing is a thankless job. These men and women work so hard they hardly find time to go for medical checkup. That is why Medanta decided to conduct medical camps at police stations for both the officers and their families as a way of expressing appreciation for the hard work they do.” Medanta CEO Anil Maini said adding that the day care centre has so far held medical camps at ten police stations.

 

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NPSC Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi (L) with Medanta AfriCare representatives. They'll partner with NPSC & NPS to provide health services to police officers.

Mr. Maini was speaking at a consultative meeting held on Thursday 23rd July 2015 at the Commission offices between representatives of Medanta AfriCare and the Commission to discuss areas and modalities of collaboration. The meeting was chaired by the NPSC Chairman Johnston Kavuludi.

 

“The importance of police welfare cannot be overemphasized,” the NPSC Chairman Mr. Kavuludi said. He thanked Medanta for this initiative which he said was worthy of emulation and called upon other corporates to prioritize police welfare.

 

Director of Medical Operations at Medanta, Dr. khushal Singh said the free medical camps have provided important insight into the health of police officers noting that some officers who were found to have critically high levels of blood pressure had been going about their business oblivious of their situation.

 

In addition to free medical camps, other areas of support proposed include the screening of officers at the state- of- the- art diagnostic laboratory at the Medanta AfriCare day care centre; equipping of laboratories in police medical facilities; management of HIV/Aids, counseling services for police officers as well as health awareness training programmes.

 

Situated on Waiyaki Way opposite the Safaricon Centre, Medanta AfriCare was launched in May 2012. It is a world class healthcare service provider which caters for clients across Africa.It is affiliated to Mendata-The Medicity, a 1250 bed tertiary care hospital spread across 43 acres in New Delhi, India which includes a research centre and a medical and nursing school.

 

The centre offers a wide range of services which include laboratory, radiology, renocare, oncocare , gastrocare, dental and eye clinic. It also offers telemedicine consultations where patients can get expert and second opinion from senior consultants from Mendata-The Medicity in India.

 

In addition, Medanta provides home health care services in Nairobi which include doctor’s visits, nursing care, physiotherapy, home sample collection and medicines delivery. The latest addition is the opening of a SurgiCare this month for general surgery.

 

Medanta AfriCare is accredited with National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) as well as all leading insurance companies in Kenya.

 

Strategic Leadership Command Course For Senior Police Officers

The Chairman of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC), Johnston Kavuludi officially opened the strategic Leadership command programme for 24 senior officers at the National Police Staff College in Loresho on Thursday 15 January 2015.
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The course which is the first of its kind in Kenya has been developed by the National police service in partnership with Kenyatta University and the United Kingdom Bramshill Collage of Policing.
Speaking during the official opening, the NPSC Chair Mr. Kavuludi said that the course aims at impacting skills that are necessary for officers to attain international standards in combating crime and corruption among other security issues.
He said that the course comes at a critical time when the police are making a transition from force to a service and when the country is faced with the serious threats of terrorism. He added that the police should be efficient, effective and intolerance to corruption in order to gain public trust and to succeed in executing its mandate of maintaining law and order as well as protecting its citizen and property.
The course will combine strategic policing skills training with a diploma and Master’s Degree in leadership and security Management. The Candidates will undergo strategic leadership training, based on the UK International Strategic Leadership Programme (ISLP), which delivers contemporary concepts of the best practices in policing form around the world.
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In attendance was the Acting Inspector General Mr. Samuel M. Arachi, Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Kenya Police Mrs. Grace Kaindi,CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro and British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr. Christian Turner.

Nine Police Officers Vetted Afresh

 

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ine police officers were vetted afresh in a two-day exercise that commenced on Monday 22nd June 2015 while an officer who was scheduled to be vetted for the first time failed to turn up.

The fresh vetting was occasioned by a ruling by the High Court as well as recommendations by the Vetting Review Panel of the Commission.

 The vetting regulations provide that an officer who has been found unsuitable or incompetent may request for a review of the decision by the Commission and the Commission may upon review, confirm or reverse its earlier decision.

 In line with the regulations, seven officers who had earlier been found unsuitable requested for a review and the Vetting Review Panel recommended to the Commission that they be vetted afresh. Two officers however, opted to seek legal redress and the Court ruled that they undergo fresh vetting.

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Mr. Francis Omondi Okonya who holds the former rank of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (I), his interview was terminated barely after it had started following the ruling by the Chairman of the vetting panel that he was hostile and unwilling to be vetted.

 The officers have been on leave in accordance with vetting regulation 33(3) which states “A request for review shall act as a stay of the decision of the Commission, but the officer in question shall proceed on leave for the duration of the review.”

The officer who skipped the vetting interview was reinstated by the Court after being dismissed from the Service in 2013. He was to undergo vetting for the first time in accordance with Section 7(1) of the National Police Service Act.

 The most senior among the nine officers vetted afresh was Francis Omondi Okonya who holds the former rank of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police (I).Mr Okonya’s interview was terminated barely after it had started following the ruling by the Chairman of the vetting panel that he was hostile and unwilling to be vetted.

 Next in seniority and the only officer from Administration Police was Eusebius Karuti Laibuta who is a Deputy Commandant of Administration Police.

 Samuel Orina Nyabengi was the only officer of the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police. Others included six Assistant Commissioners of Police; namely, Jason Wilfred Mbithi, Roba Kalicha Dima, Stanley Tito Kilonzi, Alexander Munyao Kyenze, David Birech Kipkosgei and Shariff Abdalla Hussein.

 James Mwaniki Thathi, who was to be vetted for the first time but failed to appear before the vetting panel holds the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police.

 According to the vetting regulations, the Commission shall treat an officer who wilfully refuses to attend the vetting process by failing to appear before the Commission or to obey an order of the Commission as having failed the vetting process and shall remove the officer from the Service.

The Commission has since abolished the ranks of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police; Deputy Commissioner of Police; Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police and Assistant Commissioner of Police.

 After successfully going through the vetting process, officers holding these ranks were appointed to the new ranks of Senior Assistant Inspector General; Assistant Inspector General and Commissioner of police.

 The officers vetted afresh still hold the old ranks but they will be appointed to the new ranks in the event that the Commission reviews its decision.

 The Commission will make known its decision before mid July 2015.

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