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Daily Nation : February 11th 2014
10 | National News INVESTIGATIONS| Anti-graft squad looking into claims that tender rules were abused and cash misused Police commission chiefs to be quizzed T Probe may affect ongoing vetting of senior police officers BY SAMUEL SIRINGI firstname.lastname@example.org op officials of the National Police Commission will today be questioned by detectives on corruption claims in what may throw the ongoing vetting of officers in jeopardy. The Ethics and Anti-Corrup- tion Commission, the Nation established, has summoned the officials of the pol ice agency for a three-day grilling after reports that millions were lost in misused staff imprests, claimed money that the staff did not deserve and abused tender rules. The high-level investigations begin just two weeks before the hearing of a case in which an organisation calling itself the Kenya Council of Employment Agency wants to stop the ongoing police vetting exercise. Group’s cases The National Police Commis- sion is currently vetting police officers. In its suit, the agency argues that it was wrong for the vetting process to be led by some officials who are currently under investigations over corruption allegations when the vetting tool lay emphasis on integrity. Others listed as respondents in the case, to be heard before Industrial Court judge Njagi Marete on February 25, are commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi, Attorney General Githu Muigai, Director of Public Prosecutions Keraiko Tobiko and his EACC counterpart Mumo Matemu. The lobby had dragged Prof Muigai to court over claims that he is the protector of public interest, which he should do by not allowing the tainted commission to vet police officers. The court gave the respond- ents seven days on February 5 to respond to the motion of application. Top officials of the police com- mission are being investigated over possible misuse of millions of shillings through imprests and tendering. Documents show that the EACC has spent the last four months looking at the records of the NPC in search for answers to six major allegations of financial impropriety. On imprests, the investigations centre on trips made by commissioners and staff to at least three countries last year. The investigators are looking at documents and records of imprest application, approvals and surrender for allowances paid to a commissioner for a trip to the United States more than a year ago. They are also looking into al- lowances paid to officers for a trip to Botswana and South Africa in May 2013. As part of the allegation, the commission was inspecting accounting procedures of Sh300,000 paid to a commissioner by the Kenya’s consulate 300,000 The amount in shillings that a commissioner was paid by the Kenyan consulate in Los Angeles FILE | NATION The National Police Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi (left) and Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo, who is also a member of the team. The agency’s officials have been summoned by detectives. in Los Angeles. According to the documents, the commission was also expected to account for money spent on the purchase of air tickets for air travel partly funded by the British Government for a trip to Europe in February last year. Other than the imprests, the commission was investigating the tender process for the procurement and partitioning of the commission’s offices. As part of the investigations, commission staff were also asked to account for the imprests they were paid for a trip to South Africa in June last year. The investigators were also looking at contracts of com- missioners of the agency. The documents shows that officials from the police agency had already recorded statements with the investigators. The revelations come at a time when the commission has been vetting top officers, leading to the dismissal of some of some of the officers. If the investigators were to unearth any fraud in the commission’s work, then the whole process of vetting could be thrown into jeopardy as the integrity of the commissioners would be questioned. Some of those already dis- missed after the vetting panel found them unfit to continue in their roles include senior deputy commissioners of police Francis Okonya, Jonathan Koskei and Peter Eregae. They were retired after being found unsuitable to continue serving. Mr Okonya, a senior deputy commissioner of police I (SDCP-I), was based at the Police headquarters while Mr Koskei (SDCP-II ) was in charge of police reforms. Mr Eregae (SDCP-II) served in the office of the Inspector-General. But the vetting has since been suspended due to lack of funds. The dismissed police officers have also filed a case challenging their sacking. Officers deny killing varsity student, tout BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Two police officers attached to Kasarani police division have been charged with the killings of a university student and a tout. Sergeant John Kireri and Constable Stephen Simeon are accused of killing Moreen Kakuko and Julius Irungu on January 17/18 and January 28, respectively. They have denied the charges. Director of Public Prosecu- tions Keriako Tobiko (right) alleges that Kakuko was found with head injuries in her bed at a Kenyatta University hostel and taken to the university’s health centre, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival. He further claims that Kakuko was raped before she was killed. Senior State counsel Cather- ine Mwaniki, for the DPP, told Lady Justice Roselyn Korir that evidence to prove the case against the officer would be presented when trial starts in November. Lawyer Stephen Bundotich, for Kakuko’s family, said he would assist the prosecution in ensuring that justice prevailed during the trial. Lawyer Chege Wainaina, for Sergent Kireri, accused Mr Tobiko of failing to respond to the accused’s bail application. The judge asked Ms Mwaniki to respond to the application in seven days. DAILY NATION Tuesday February 11, 2014 I am yet to receive any response from the DPP’s office yet I served them with the bail plea on February 4” Lawyer Chege Wainaina The hearing of the case against Constable Simeon, who is accused of killing Mr Irungu at Roysambu bus stage, will start on October 15 before Lady Justice Florence Muchemi.
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