Seven senior police officers sacked over dubious Mpesa transactions

The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has axed seven senior police officers over their dubious and un-explained M-Pesa transactions undertaken between them and their junior officers.

The officers who include three Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), three Superintendent of Police (SP) and an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) are among the 31 officers whose results were withheld by NPSC in October 2015 after vetting to pave way for further investigations.

However, the commission has found 24 officers suitable and competent to serve.

NPSC Chairperson, Johnston Kavuludi while announcing their dismissal on Wednesday at the commission’s offices in Westlands, said the commission had established that the officers received money from their juniors through M-Pesa which they could not explicitly account for.

“Investigations on the 31 officers whose results are being released today mostly centered on Mpesa transactions,” Kavuludi said.

He added, “the Commission needed to probe deeper to check the propriety of these transactions and also accord the officers an opportunity to offer explanations.”

Kavuludi said the seven officers may, however, request for review of the decision by the commission in line with the vetting regulations 33 (1) provided the request is based on the discovery of a new and important matter which was not within the knowledge of NPSC.

The officers fired include, Lawrence Kariuki , William Kiprotich and Joseph Kemeli who were holding the position of SSP.

Others are Jackson Magambo, Samuel Olenkiti and Samuel Kipwese in the rank of SP and Peter Chemos an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

At the same time, NPSC has discontinued Nelson Omwenga Nyakundi from the service due to his academic qualifications.

Nyakundi who had risen to the position of SP is alleged to have used another person’s certificate at the time he joined the police service.

“When we went to the village where the officer hails from, we were shocked to learn that the name he uses on his academic certificates is not his,” Kavuludi said.

The officer has served as a police officer for over 22 years using the forged certificate.

Kavuludi said the commission was skeptical about the certificate as it indicated that Nyakundi had joined class one at the age of three and completed class eight at the age of ten.

The NPSC chair further announced that the commission will soon embark on the vetting of 12,000 police officers holding the ranks of chief inspector and inspectors of police across the police service.

Others to be vetted are those working with the directorate of criminal investigations and the traffic police.

Kavuludi said the vetting exercise of the 12,000 officers will be completed before the end of this financial year.

By Bernadette Khaduli

Source: Kenya News Agency