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Vetting Panel

The vetting panel that kicked off the historic vetting of police officers in December 2013 was made up of a team of 14 experts consisting of seven (7) Commissioners of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and representatives mainly from the security sector and the civil society.

These were Mr. Johnston Kavuludi Chairperson NPSC; Commissioner Mary Owuor; Commissioner Murshid Mohamed; Commissioner Ronald Musengi, Commissioner David Kimaiyo, the then Inspector-General; Commissioner Grace Kaindi, the then Deputy Inspector-General Kenya Police Service as well as Commissioner Samuel Arachi, Deputy Inspector-General Administration Police.

Others were Ndegwa Muhoro, Director Criminal Investigations; Joseph Kaguthi former Provincial Commissioner representing Nyumba Kumi Initiative; Dr Francis Sang, former head of Criminal Investigations Department representing Nyumba Kumi Initiative; Simiyu Werunga, Security Expert representing Nyumba Kumi Initiative; Bernadette Nzioki former Permanent Secretary representing Public Service Commission; Prof. Kimani Njogu representing Civil Society and Mike Harris a retired police officer and member of the Ransley Taskforce on  Police Reforms.

Ndegwa-Muhoro  joseph kaguthi  DR FRANCIS SANG  SIMIYU WERUNGA 
 Ndegwa Muhoro  Joseph Kaguthi  Dr Francis Sang  Simiyu Werunga
 Ms. Bernadette M. Nzioki  Grace-Kaindi  mike harris  Kimani Njogu
 Bernadette Nzioki Grace Kaindi  Mike Harris   Prof. Kimani Njogu
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This panel presided over the vetting of the top 30 officers in the National Police Service (NPS) who held the former ranks of Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police I (3), Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police II (4) and Deputy Commissioner of Police (23).
After the vetting of the top 30, it became necessary to change strategy and to reconstitute the vetting panels mainly due to the following factors:

  • Because vetting is intensive and time- consuming, it would be untenable to retain the same panel throughout as it would be impossible for panel members to balance vetting with their other responsibilities.
  • Going forward, the various cohorts would have large numbers given that the bulk of the over 80,000 officers were concentrated in the lower ranks. There was need therefore to increase the number of vetting panels to at least four (4) in order to deal with the increased workload.
  • In order not to cause serious disruption to security arrangements, and in an effort to enhance public participation by bringing the process nearer to the people, the Commission made a policy decision to vet officers at the Counties and not at the Commission offices in Nairobi.

As a result, the Commission thought it prudent to collaborate with stakeholders who have representation in the Counties such as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK); The Kenya National Commission for Human Rights (KNCHR) and the County Service Boards.

As currently constituted, the vetting panels are composed of either one or two NPSC Commissioners; two National Police Service representatives, one from Kenya Police Service (KPS) and the other from Administration Police (AP); and representatives from LSK, KNCHR and the County Service Boards.

The Commission also put into place a review panel that handles issues and complaints from the police officers who failed the vetting and need a redress mechanism as provided for in the vetting regulations.

The pioneer review panel comprised of Justice (Rtd) Sarah Ondeyo, Dr. John Mutonyi (Security Expert), Dr. Mutuma Ruteere (Legal Expert), the late Charles Muthusi (Legal Expert) and Mr. Samuel Karicho (Director HRM, Ministry of Public Service).

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