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Police assured of right to make clean money

Police officers have a right to amass wealth as long it can be accounted for, the service has said.

A commissioner with the National Police Service, Mr Ronald Musengi on Friday sought to assure officers facing vetting that they should not fear victimisation.

He was speaking in Eldoret before the start of vetting of 102 police officers from the North Rift region today.

“Police officers are free to run businesses and own property of any value in any part of the country as long as it can be legally accounted for. There should be no notion that vetting is against police prosperity,” he said.

The senior superintendents and superintendents from the regular and Administration Police will be quizzed until Thursday.

VETTING SESSIONS

The National Police Service is, however, concerned by the participation by Kenyans in the vetting sessions.

“We urge the public to attend these sessions which are aimed at building a more efficient police service,” said Mr Musengi.

Commissioner Murshid Mohamed also urged the public to feel free to make complaints or commend the officers being vetted.

“There is no formal mode of lodging a complaint or lauding officers and citizens should feel free to submit them directly in writing or orally. If they prefer, they can also channel their views through a trusted third party like a non-governmental organisation,” said Mr Mohamed.

They were speaking at Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan’s  office after they paid him a courtesy call on Friday.

“As a county, we totally support transparency among our officers and applaud  the vetting,” the county commissioner said.