NPSC vet­ting staff face charges of seek­ing bribes

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

Two Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion em­ploy­ees have been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of so­lic­it­ing pre-vet­ting bribes from traf­fic po­lice.

Sec­re­tary Pu­rity Nyaga and clerk Alice Mu­rugi are be­lieved to be mem­bers of a car­tel seek­ing bribes from of­fi­cers for favourable re­sults dur­ing vet­ting. NPSC chair­man John­ston Kavu­ludi yes­ter­day con­firmed the ar­rests but de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. The two al­legedly promised an of­fi­cer they would clean up his “mess” to save his job.

The of­fi­cer is re­ported to have de­clined to of­fer the cash and re­ported the mat­ter to Kavu­ludi who called for in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Two mo­bile phone num­bers used to call po­lice of­fi­cers for bribes are al­leged to have been traced to the two fe­male staff. The cell­phones are, how­ever, not reg­is­tered in their names.

This lat­est is­sue has put the spot­light on the NPSC, which has fought al­le­ga­tions by po­lice of­fi­cers that some of its com­mis­sion­ers and staff had de­manded bribes from them. Kavu­ludi has de­nied claims some po­lice of­fi­cers bribed the vet­ting panel to get favourable ver­dicts.

“If there are claims of bribery, let them spec­ify which party ex­actly was bribed,” he said dur­ing a vet­ting ses­sion in El­doret.

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