Statehouse says it is reading in the same script with National Police Service Commission (NPSC) over a new recruitment exercise for 10,000 police officers.
In a statement to newsroom state house Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the decision by NPSC Chairman Johnston Kavuludi to announce a new recruitment exercise was reached in consultation with President Uhuru Kenyatta.
”National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi yesterday made a statement in which he announced that a new recruitment exercise for 10,000 police officers will be conducted on Monday 20th April, 2015. I do confirm that the decision was reached in consultation with His Excellency the President,” said Manoah.
Manoah urged those who had been recruited in 2014 not to report to the National Police Service training institutions on Sunday as earlier indicated.
”Consequently, those who had been recruited in 2014 must not report to the National Police Service training institutions tomorrow Sunday 12th April 2015 as earlier indicated,” he added.
He instead advised them join other candidates interested and eligible to serve in the National Police Service and report to the designated centres for the fresh recruitment exercise on 20th April this year.
At the same time Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has cancelled recruitment of 2014 recruits and encouraged them to participate in new recruitment.
He said the new reporting dates will be conducted accordingly.
Meanwhile Hundreds of police recruits who were to start training on Sunday as directed by President Kenyatta Saturday camped at Uhuru Park protesting Kavuludi’s order to have fresh recruitment.
The recruits said they are going to report to their training institutions tomorrow and camp there until their matter is addressed.
They say they have already done their shopping and others have resigned from current employment and traveled long distances in readiness for training.
The recruits have said they will ignore Kavuludi’s order and urged him to resign. They further said they will move to court to objects the new recruits.
On Friday, NPSC asked police recruits not to report to their respective training colleges as directed by the Inspector General of Police. Acting on a directive from President Kenyatta, Boinett had ordered the recruits to report to their training institutions.-kbc