IMLU welcomes move to stop recruitment of county constables

The Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU) has welcomed the move by Nairobi County government to cancel the recruitment of County constables and firefighters saying the process was marred by malpractices.

The organization Executive Director (ED), Peter Kiama said that the recruitment was characterized by dishonesty and the exercise should be stopped until the Nairobi City County Inspectorate Services Bill 2017 is enacted.

The move, he said, would provide time for vetting of the current officers to gauge their suitability in service and further provide a clear indication on the exact number of constables that the devolved unit needs to recruit.

However, speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kiama said it was regrettable that the Nairobi County Government failed to notify the public on the reasons for previous cancellations, much to the dismay of applicants and other stakeholders.

In the spirit of reforming the inspectorate, IMLU calls for halting of the recruitment process until the bill is enacted said Kiama.

He said the postponement of the recruitment would allow the County government to take into account the provisions of the Nairobi City County Inspectorate Services Bill 2017 section 4 (2-4) once enacted into laws, in the recruitment of inspectorate members.

The ED said IMLU recommends that the recruitment exercise be carried out after the fast approaching August 8th 2017 polls to allow for more time to conduct a transparent exercise devoid of undue political influence, and one that is open to independent oversight by relevant stakeholders.

It is our considered opinion that proceeding without enabling legislation will render the new law meaningless after having benefited from inputs of critical stakeholders, he said.

He called on Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero to partner with other organizations to reform the city inspectorate, including the vetting procedures of current officers and training of those who would be recruited.

The Nairobi city council had announced the recruitment of over 600 officers, and the Governor cancelled the recruitment after he alleged that cartels infuriated the exercise.

Source: Kenya News Agency