127 traffic police officers fired after failing NPSC vetting

127 traffic police officers fired after failing NPSC vetting

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Traffic cop inspects a matatu GPO Mombasa. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: National Police Service Commission has sacked 127 out of 904 vetted traffic police officers after they failed suitability test.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday, National Police Service chair Johnstone Kavuludi said that the service arrived at the decision after it completed a vetting exercise which commenced on May this year.

The vetting involved traffic police officers attached to Coast, Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western regions.

Kavuludi said that 72 police officers are still waiting for their vetting results to be determined.

Meanwhile, further 26 officers were removed after opting not to be vetted.

“Unlike previously when only an average of 4 percent of officers vetted were found to be unsuitable,this time the number has shot up.” Kavuludi said.

He pointed that the reasons for their removal was due to unexplained financial transactions,sending and receiving money from fellow police officers in traffic department ,operating Matatu business and receiving money from transporters.

Kavuludi said that 36 officers in the Coast were removed ,23 from western ,50 from rift Valley region and 18 from Nyanza region were also removed.

The service has already embarked on vetting of traffic officers from Central ,Eastern, Kajiado and North Eastern regions .

Kavuludi indicated that the service is extremely concerned over gross misconduct involving the police officers attached to NTSA, prompting the commission to immediately commence vetting process against the officers.

On the other hand,former police spokesman Masoud Mwinyi is among 6 officers who were reinstated after under going vetting process after review.

Other officers who passed the vetting after review are William Metto,Chacha Daniel Chacha,Japheth Ngatwa ,Festus Mulinge and William Kariuki .

Kavuludi said that 12 officers failed the vetting after the review ,one applied for retirement while another awaits court case.

The commission promoted a total of 683 officers .