In Summary
  • Some senior officers have deemed a number of resolutions made at the meeting impractical.
  • The ripple effect of this is that SPIV teams across the country will be disbanded.

Tension is brewing at Vigilance House, the headquarters of the National Police Service, which has in recent days come under scrutiny over indiscipline amid an ambitious reform agenda.

The crux of the matter is a policy that has seen hundreds of officers transferred in the recent past, causing unease in the force.

The disgruntlement came to the fore recently when the service could not agree on who to man their stand at the Nairobi International Fair.

Whereas in the past the stand has been manned by a specific team, orders from Vigilance House saw a different team put up the stand.

TARGETED

The transfer directive — which targeted officers who have overstayed at their stations in Nairobi — was withdrawn last Tuesday.

“It is nowhere in the law on how long a police officer should stay at a police station.

“Standing orders only say you can stay for a minimum of three years in one station,” a senior police officer told the Nation.

Attempts by the Nation to get a response from the National Police Service on what provoked the mass transfer did not yield any fruits.

The transfer of all traffic police officers in Machakos county was quickly followed by an order by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to redeploy all senior officers in Gatundu South.

Dr Matiang’i, who was on a visit of the area following fears of the return of the Mungiki gang, made the announcement at a public rally.

CRIMINALS

“It is our job to be awake at night so that wananchi sleep peacefully. We are going to comb this place, and we will be hard on these criminals,” said Dr Matiang’i.

Consequently Gatundu South deputy county commissioner, the sub-county police commander, the sub county DCI and the officer commanding station (OCS) were transferred.

More transfers were on the way last week as part of a plan to deal with an upsurge of officers getting involved in crime but it backfired.

Sources within the service said that some senior police officers were vehemently opposed to the transfers as one of the ways of enhancing service delivery.

An emergency meeting was held last week — chaired by Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyamba and attended by senior officers — following the rise in the number of security officers involved in crime.

Some senior officers have deemed a number of resolutions made at the meeting impractical.

During the meeting, sources said, some senior officers questioned how forcing all officers apart from those working for the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to wear uniforms will help solve crime but they were told that a decision had already been made.

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