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Sensitization exercise of the status on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

The National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC) has embarked on creating awareness on issues affecting women, youth, disabled and the marginalized.
According to  the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the NGEC Mr. Fredrick Kereri Lumiti  .This will include the collection of data and other indicators that will be used in coming up with various initiatives and programmes that will help uplift their standards.

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Speaking at a Nairobi Hotel during a one- day sensitization exercise of the status on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Mr. Lumiti said NGEC was committed to the promotion of gender equality and freedom from discrimination in line with Article 27 of the Constitution.
The meeting which was dubbed ‘participation in political and public life’ intends to document the progress Kenya has made with regards to the objectives of CEDAW.

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Ms. Joyce Majiwa, who was one of the forum’s facilitators, said Kenyan women had made great strides in the achievement of the two-thirds gender principle which isa constitutional requirement.
She noted that within the public sector, women County Commissioners comprise 36.2% of the total County Commissioners that were appointed by the President
Women chiefs currently stood at 3.7% as there were currently 96 of the Country’s 2,579 chiefs while Assistant Chiefs accounted for 7.8% of the total,they are 458 out of 5,896 in the Country.
Within the Constitutional Commissions, women chair 5 key National Commissions which includes the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, NGEC, Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the Public Service Commission and the Controller of Budget.
Within parliament, the number of women MPs stands at 86 with 16 elected, 47 county representatives and 5 nominated while in the senate there were 18 nominated senators.
She noted that even though the Constitution provided for representation of women in all appointive and elective positions through the ‘not more than two thirds provision’ implementation has presented challenges especially with regard to election of women in both Parliament and Senate.
Participants to the forum included various Government Ministries, United Nations Women, FIDA, the NGO Council and Commissions including the National Police Service Commission.

Commission meets US security investors

The Commission held a lengthy discussion with American Investors on Counter Terrorism Technology at the Sky Park Plaza office in Nairobi. The investors had paid courtesy call on Tuesday 11th November, 2014.

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Commissioner Mohamed Murshid (Second left) and Director Information Education and Information Mr. Khalid M. Salim (Left) posse for a photo with the investors.

The Commission held a lengthy discussion with American Investors on Counter Terrorism Technology at the Sky Park Plaza office in Nairobi. The investors had paid courtesy call on Tuesday 11th November, 2014.

Thirty recruits pay NPSC a visit at the commission offices


Jairus Omosi and his fellow recruits airing their views to the Commissioners

Thirty recruits who were affected by the recent court decision annulling this year’s recruitment exercise today visited the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) offices where they presented their grievances.
Led by Jairus Omosi, the group met and held discussions with the NPSC Chairman Johnston Kavuludi and Commissioners Mary Owuor , Murshid Mohamed and the CEO Ojango Omumu.

NPSC Chairman Johnston address the recruits.

The recruits were part of the 10,000 whose recruitment was annulled by Justice Isaac Lenaola,, on October 31st   following a   a petition filed by the Independent police Oversight Authority (IPOA) against the NPSC  claiming various anomalies in the exercise.
The group that was drawn from various Counties across the Country expressed disappointment at the move by the court to annul l the exercise saying they had incurred a lot of expenses in purchasing commodities that were required as part of their training kit.
They further complained that most of them have had to quit their jobs ready to embark on police training at the various training colleges across the Country and thus the exercise should have been left to stand in public interest.
They insisted that they were ready to be enjoined in the appeal exercise to uphold the recruitment incase the NPSC decides to appeal the ruling.
Mr. Kavuludi, while empathizing with their plight, said the NPSC was a Constitutional body that respected the other organs of state and as such they had obeyed and respected the Court’s decision.
He said the Commission meets on Thursday this week to deliberate and make a decision on the way forward , and whether they should appeal  high court’s decision or not.
He pointed out that the legal team within NPSC was studying and analyzing the Court’s ruling before they can make a pronouncement.
Mr. Kavuludi called on the recruits to remain calm and optimistic saying their resolve to join the National Police Service (NPS) should remain intact since nothing in life comes easy.
He further regretted the deaths of over 21 police officers in the last few days in various parts of the Country and pointed out that this was a big setback to the NPSC in its efforts to boost the number of police officers in the Country .
The Chairman eulogized the dead officers as patriots and said the NPSC was happy to be associated with them.

 

Radicalization of the youth across the Country

Inspector-General David Kimaiyo has called for concerted efforts in the fight against radicalization of the youth across the Country saying it was a recipe for anarchy.

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Inspector-General David Kimaiyo address the congregation.


He noted that a number of preachers especially from the Muslim faith were openly preaching falsehoods and thus misleading their congregation in a bid to radicalize them.
Speaking during a media breakfast meeting jointly organized by the Supreme Council of Kenyan Muslims (SUPKEM) and the United Stated International Aid (USAID) held at a Nairobi hotel today, the IG warned that police officers had been given firm instructions to flush out and arrest such preachers.
He regretted t that a number of lives had been lost in the last few months as a result of terrorism attacks and appealed to members of various of the public to assist the police by reporting such elements who are found in their midst.
Secretary for Interior Mr. Joseph Irungu said the Government was taking issues of security very seriously and hence the large amounts of money that was being allocated to the security sector from the National Budget.
He revealed that key among these was the recruitment of more police officers to increase the current ratio to 1 officer against 450 people as opposed to current situation where 1 officer was expected to look after 1000 people.
Mr. Irungu added that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology had been directed to develop curriculum that could address issues of religious intolerance and radical ideology that has seen the emergence of several illegal militia outfits in the Country.
SUPKEM National Chairperson Prof. Abdulghafur El Busaidi pleaded with the relevant Government agencies and stakeholders to join hands in rehabilitating  the youth who make a return back into Country after having joining illegal outfits across the borders
He regretted the increased cases of killing of these youths saying this was counterproductive in the fight to enhance security levels across the Country.

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A section of the Participants

Others present included SUPKEM Deputy National Chairman Alhaji Abdillahi Kiptaniu,Nyumba Kumi Initiative National Chairman Joseph Kaguthi and SUPKEM Secretary-General AlHaji Adan Wachu.

NPSC rolls out internal newsletter

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After months of waiting, the maiden issue of the “NPSC Bulletin” was published on 24th October 2014 to the delight of Commission staff.
The six-page newsletter was applauded by staff as an important step towards improving internal communications within the Commission.
Echoing the same sentiments the Chairman of the Commission, Johnston Kavuludi noted that the newsletter will provide a platform for staff to interact and to get to know what is happening within the Commission.
 â€œI am optimistic that the newsletter will contribute to enhancing staff relations and in building synergy within the Commission,” the Chairman said.
 In order to cut down on costs, the bi-monthly newsletter which is already posted on Commission’s website will be published online http://npsc.go.ke/index.php/2014-03-25-12-08-21/publications.
Also coming up soon is a sister publication to cater for the external audience.

Budget forum

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.


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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 meets American Delegation on Security Governance Initiative

The NPSC recently hosted a delegation from Washington DC, led by Ambassador Pamela Bridgewater at the Commission offices in Westlands,Nairobi.

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Commission staff undergoes one week induction course

One hundred and eighteen (118) staff drawn from various Directorates and sections recently underwent an induction course at the C.I.D Training school in South C, Nairobi County.

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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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