1. What Is Vetting?
Vetting refers to finding out about a person‚Äôs past life and career in order to decide if the person is suitable for a task.
There are two types of vetting; Employment Vetting and Transitional Vetting.
1. Employment Vetting is the vetting of candidates who want to join an institution and are applying for a specific position.
2. Transitional Vetting is the vetting of all serving¬† staff within an institution, in order to identify those that are not suitable or¬† competent for the service and need to be removed.
The vetting process being carried out by the NPSC is described in the National Police Service
( NPSC) Vetting¬† Regulations, 2013.
2.¬† Why Vetting?
The NPSC Act stipulates that all officers of the National Police Service¬† need to undergo vetting to assess their suitability and competence and can only remain in the Service when they pass the vetting..
3.¬†¬† Who Does The Vetting?
a. All the commissioners of the NPSC.
b. Co-opted members of the society with distinguished service in both public and private sector.
Commission (NPSC) is the institution tasked to carry out the vetting
4.¬† What Are The Vetting Objectives?
i. Build confidence and trust in the National Police Service;
ii. Ensure that the Service complies with Chapter Six of the Constitution and the principles of public service as set out in Article 232 of the Constitution and in the Public Officer Ethics Act.
5¬† Who Will Be Vetted?
All officers of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting (NPS Act Section 7(2)).Those who fail the vetting shall be discontinued from serving as per the NPS Act.
The vetting shall be conducted starting with the senior most officers, Deputy Commissioners of Police to the Police Constables.
¬†The vetting is a one off exercise but this does not preclude disciplinary action being meted out by the NPSC as need may arise.
6.¬† Is The Commission Dwelling Too Much On The Officers‚Äô Financial Probity At The Expence Of Other Vetting Criteria?
No, various reports on corruption have always listed the police service as the most corrupt institution. It is therefore important to interrogate how the officers acquired their wealth in line with Article 232 of the constitution and the Public Officers Ethics Act.
The commission also attributes equal importance to other vetting criteria particularly human rIGhts records. However, it can only interrogate these issues if the allegations made and evidence adduced as recorded are specific
7.¬† Are The IG, DIGs And Dci Going To Be Vetted?
No. The Inspector-General (IG), the Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) and the Director, Directorate of Criminal InvestIGations (DCI) are not subject to the transitional vetting process. The four underwent Employment Vetting during their recruitment process which was more rIGorous than the transitional vetting. The positions were not there in the old constitution or the repealed Kenya Police Act or the Administration Police Act.
8.¬† Can The IG.And DIGs Validly Be In The Vetting Panel?
Yes, Section 7 of the NPSC Act. Stipulates that the commission shall do the vetting, members of the same include the IG and the DIGs. (Section 246 of the constitution)
9.¬† Does The Incl.Usion Of The IG And DIGs In The Vetting Panel Constititute A Conflict Of Interest?
The NPSC vetting regulations (2013) require that ‚ÄėANY MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION WHO HAS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST‚Äô must not take part in deliberation of a vettee.
10. Who Constitute The Review¬† Panel?
Members of the Commission and co-opted members who will assist the Commission in the review process.
11.¬† Can The Commission Review Its Own Decisions?
Yes, a review is done by the person or persons who gave the decision. A review is allowed in the following grounds;¬†¬†
a. An error on the vetting forms or records
b. If a vettee comes up with new evidence.
c. For any other reason which is found to be just.
12.¬† Can A Vettee Seek A Review Of The Decision Made?
Yes, officers discontinued from the service may seek a review of the decision from the commission and the commission may reverse or confirm the decision.
13.¬† What Principles Guide The Vetting Process?
a.¬† All officers of the National Police Service shall undergo vetting, individually;
b.¬† The vetting process shall be implemented consistently and the same procedural principles shall be applied in all cases;
c.¬†¬† Vetting shall be done in accordance with the values and principles set out in Articles 10, 27,