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A three member delegation from the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) is in Mombasa for the Governance, Justice, Law and Order (GJLO) Sector Retreat to prepare the sector report and finalize sector programmes reviews for submissions to the National Treasury.
The team comprising Fredrick Mugambi (Director Human Capital), Stephen Mbogo(Deputy Director, Research) and Polyne  Mugo (Finance Officer) have joined other staff from 14 other entities within the GJLO  Sector, they  include  the Ministry of Interior and National Co-ordination, Office of the Attorney-General, the Judiciary  and the Judicial  Service Commission.
Others include the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Office of the Director Public Prosecutions, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, Registrar of Political Parties, Commission  for the Implementation of the Constitution, Kenya National Commission for Human Rights, Witness Protection Agency, National Gender and Equality Commission and the Independent Police Oversight Authority.
The retreat creates an avenue for these institutions to discuss their budgets which are then forwarded to the National Treasury for approval.
The NPSC was allocated kshs 299million in the 2013/2014 budget but this was slashed to kshs 278million in the 2014/2015 ,a factor that has seriously hampered the operations of the Commission.
It is hoped that more resources will be allocated to the Commission during the 2015/2016 budget so that various programmes and activities’ lined up can be achieved.

National Police Service Commission (NPSC) embarks on the validation exercise of its eagerly awaited strategic plan for 2014-2018 period.


Strategic Plan

validationNPSC Chairman Johnston Kavuludi leads the validation forum which was held at the Skypark Offices in Westlands.

The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) today embarked on the validation exercise of its eagerly awaited strategic plan for 2014-2018 period.
The strategic plan undertakes to strengthen the capacity of the entire staff in the National Police Service while ensuring that complaints, investigations, security and human resources reflect a reformed police service.
The forum was chaired by NPSC Chairman Johnston Kavuludi and was also attended by Commissioners Mohamed Murshid,Ronald Musengi and Mary Owuor.
The key stakeholders in attendance included  Police Reforms  Working Group, the Kenya Police Service, Administration Police Service, International Center for Transitional  Justice (ICTJ) and the  Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU).
Mr. Kavuludi, while opening the forum, called for a free exchange of views saying this would greatly assist in coming up with a comprehensive document that would help achieve the mandate of the NPSC.
He said the journey to transform the National Police Service from a force to a service was challenging but expressed hope that this would be overcome once the necessary regulations and roadmap are in place.

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NPSC engages parliamentarians on draft regulations

As part of on-going efforts to get input from different stakeholders on draft regulations on recruitment; promotions and transfers, the NPSC held a two-day workshop from 24-25 September 2014 which brought together the Parliamentary Committee on Administration and National Security and other stakeholders.

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Hon.Dalmas Otieno addressing the stakeholders

Article 246 of the Kenya Constitution 2010 established the National Police Service Commission with the mandate to recruit and appoint persons to hold offices in the Service, to determine transfers and promotions and to exercise disciplinary control in the Service. The National Police Service Commission Act at section 10 and 28 provides for the specific functions of the Commission which includes developing regulations to govern the execution of the Commission’s mandate. It is upon this premise that the regulations are undergoing the development process.
The draft regulations will have to undergo several stages before they become operational. After incorporating views from stakeholders they will be forwarded to the Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation as required under the Statutory Instruments Act.  Thereafter the Regulations will be gazetted for implementation. This process is expected to be completed by November 2014.

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NPSC Commissioner Murshid Mohamed doing a presentation to the Parliamentary committee.

The regulations will mark a milestone in the journey towards police reforms as they are in line with the recommendations by the Taskforce on Police Reforms chaired by Rtd Justice Ransley. They provide for transparent and objective criteria which members of the National Police Service and the public would be aware of, thereby opening up police procedures to scrutiny and adherence to the law.

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The Chairman, NPSC Mr.Johnston Kavuludi(near microphone stand),with Parliamentarians at the stakeholders meeting.

Among the issues identified by the Taskforce was that the recruitment process was marred with corruption, the transfers and promotions processes in the Service were largely based on nepotism, tribalism and were to blame for despondency among police officers. The taskforce recommended the need to have a Police Service Commission that would cater for the human resource management of the Police institution so as to professionalize the Service and prescribe clear, objective and fair criteria in the processes of the Service. It was noted that there was also need to streamline the disciplinary procedures so as to observe the Bill of Rights, specifically Article 47 and ensure fair administrative action is observed during disciplinary actions.

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