In Summary
  • The vetting of senior police officers earlier this year demonstrated the need for such a lifestyle audit.
  • Complaints of corruption in the National Police Service have not dissipated despite the various efforts at police reforms.

Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo recently called for a lifestyle audit for junior police officers as a measure to combat graft in the National Police Service.

This is welcome. It is hoped that he and the National Police Service Commission will go a step further by instituting a framework for the audit.

Senior police officers should also be included, if the leadership hopes to bring about any meaningful change in the police force.

The vetting of senior police officers earlier this year demonstrated the need for such a lifestyle audit as it was evident that some of them had amassed unexplained and undeclared wealth.

The police department has topped all Transparency International Kenya’s bribery indices since 2001.

Complaints of corruption in the National Police Service have not dissipated despite the various efforts at police reforms.

The Public Officers Ethics Act requires all public officers and their families to declare their wealth by filing returns every two years.

However, the law has encountered much resistance from public officers.

The courts have stopped the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) from pursuing cases premised on unexplained wealth on the principle of protection against self-incrimination, reducing the wealth declaration system to a mere farce.

Despite the challenges that wealth declaration and lifestyle audit have faced in Kenya, they are still the most widely used approaches to preventing and detecting illicit wealth and corruption.

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