GOVERNMENT SET TO REFORM POLICE PROMOTIONS

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Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i yesterday urged
for fair promotions in the National Police Service (NPS). The CS
spoke while presiding over the promotions of 1, 702 officers from
the ranks of Constable to Corporal.

The officers were drawn from the Directorate of Criminal
Investigations (DCI), the Kenya Police Service (KPS), Administration
Police Service (APS) and the General Service Unit (GSU). The
veterans, who have been in the Police Service for over 35 years,
were also awarded with certificates after undergoing a two-week
course in Basic Leadership and Command.

Dr. Matiang’i called for the fundamental transformation of the
National Police Service Commission (NPSC) promotions board.

“We must overhaul the process of promotions in the National Police
Service so that it can serve us well,” the CS declared.

Dr. Matiang’i said that if the country was to have a fit-for-purpose
and forward-thinking Police Service dedicated to their call of duty
and service towards Kenyans, there has to be a demonstration of
fairness, objectivity and professionalism in the manner in which
promotions are conducted.

“To achieve this, we must reform and reconstruct the NPSC
promotion processes. In place, there must be a fair system that’ll
ensure officers are promoted on merit,” the CS said.

“We must entrench a culture of meritocracy in the promotion
procedures. There are over 100, 000 officers in the country, if an
officer does not know somebody higher up, does that mean he or
she shall never be promoted?” he asked.

Further, Dr. Matiang’i declared his support for Inspector General
(IG) Hillary Mutyambai, saying that he hit the ground running since
succeeding Mr. Joseph Boinet. The CS also applauded the IG’s
commitment towards the continued implementation of the Police
Reforms, launched by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta in September
2018 at the Kenya School of Government (KSG).

“The Government fully supports IG Hillary Mutyambai and we want
him to succeed in what he’s doing. I want to urge him to work even
harder in moving the reforms forward,” he said.

Because the promoted officers are older and more experienced, Dr.
Matiang’i called on them to take it upon themselves to mentor
junior officers. He told them to continue upholding the mantle of
leadership in the grassroots, to demonstrate commitment towards
the call of duty and service to Kenyans. “We need your help in
building a culture of patriotism, commitment to service and
perseverance.”

Moreover, the CS also reiterated his support for the Police Service.
He cited the peace and stability we enjoy and owed it to the
dedicated efforts of police officers. “The work you do is what ensures
peace in the country. H. E the President is also one of your ardent
supporters; he deeply cares about the wellbeing of police officers
and security in the country.”

To buttress the point about the welfare of police officers, Dr.
Matiang’i said that non-performing service providers (for pensions
and insurance) who’ve been engaged by Government but fail to
comply will have their contracts promptly cancelled.

“We must give our police officers the best services because they
deserve it.”

Also at the event were the Inspector General (IG) Hillary
Mutyambai, National Police Service Commission Chairperson Mr.
Eliud Kinuthia, Deputy Inspector General, Kenya Police Service Mr.

Edward Mbugua, Deputy Inspector General, and Administration Police Service Mr. Noor Gabow.