• Democrazy


  • Stop Impunity

    Stop Impunity

  • Areas of Focus Montage

    Areas of Focus Montage

  • Internally Displaced Persons

    Internally Displaced Persons

  • Building a culture of accountability

    Building a culture of accountability

  • Child Soldeirs

    Child Soldeirs

  • End Impunity Cycle In Kenya

    End Impunity Cycle In Kenya

  • Capacity Building

    Capacity Building

  • Kenya Devolution Portal Focused Group Discussion Forum at Taveta County

    Kenya Devolution Portal Focused Group Discussion Forum at Taveta County

  • Kenya Devolution Portal Interface

    Kenya Devolution Portal Interface


ICPC Calls For Immediate Re-Start Of National Police Service Commission Establishment

Tuesday June 26, 2012

1.    International Center for Policy and Conflict raise public concerns about the delay in restarting afresh the process of recruiting nominees to the National Police Service Commission. Parliament did reject the initial nominees. Kenyans want a transparent, participatory and credible process of the Commissioners’ recruitment.

2.      We want independent constitutional commissions, professional bodies, civil society and judiciary representatives to make the new selection panel. We find it curious that Members of Parliament and Executive keep promising fair, democratic and credible elections yet they have not shown interest establishing a neutral police service well in advance.

3.      The due 2012 general elections are watershed for Kenya. Responsible institutions must be ready to play their part without any iota of public suspicion. In particular all security organs must remain neutral and objective serving the interest of the country and its people. Elected leaders are transient. In this regard, the law enforcement agencies must be credible, impartial and independent. 

4.      The National Police Service Act must be fully operationalized in order to adequately address the persistent inherent fundamental structural problems dogging the police institution and also end the continuous violation of citizen’s rights by the police under pretext of disingenuous excuses.

5.      While the constitution of Police Oversight Authority is laudable, the core challenge to police reforms is establishing a credible National Police Service Commission (NPSC). The Commission is the engine that shall drive and transform the current and the future police service in Kenya.

6.      It was disheartening and disgraceful for the selection panel comprising of top government officials including current acting Head of Civil Service, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights among others engaged in flawed process. The panel essentially bungled the process deliberately raising the question whether there are predetermined candidates that government wants for the positions of the Commissioners who will in turn proceed and appoint an Inspector General of Police of its choice. According to the implementation of the Constitution all the security organs should b in place within two years after promulgation (August 27, 2012).

7.      According to the Constitution and the National Police Service Act, the NPSC has legal authority of registration, vetting and lustration, and certification of current serving police officers and recruitment of the persons to serve in the reformed police institution. The Commission holds responsibility of recruiting civilian reforms-oriented Inspector General of Police and two deputies and the Director of the Criminal Investigation Services. Failure to establish a credible, impartial and independent Commission would be tantamount to white–wash police reforms and directly thwarting effective delivery of criminal justice and re-establishment of rule of law in the country.

8.      The recruitment of commissioners to the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) must begin afresh immediately and be guided by the Waki Commission recommendations which called for a credible and independent police service. The process must observe the highest standards of professionalism, transparency, Integrity and participatory. The Commissioners must be individuals whose character and integrity is beyond reproach.

9.      Public involvement in democratic oversight of security organs is crucial to ensure accountability and transparency across the security sector.



Ndung'u Wainaina


Jubilee Coalition Government has failed Cooperatio...

Nairobi, November 18, 2015/……Today marks the official commencement of the 14th Conference of the [ ... ]

Interior CS Unconstitutional orders to Police to I...

All Media Houses
Interior CS Unconstitutional orders to Police to Investigate Media for expos [ ... ]

Calls for immediate end to intimidation of civil s...

Nairobi, October 29, 2015/.. Since his election in April 2013, President Uhuru Kenyatta began a vic [ ... ]

Amendments to Security and Police Related Acts of ...

For Immediate Press Release Nairobi, Kenya, October 13, 2015/….The purported Security Laws (Amend [ ... ]

Proposed Kenya Defence Forces(Amendment) Bill 2015...

ICPC urges National Parliament to reject the proposed amendment and restrict itself to objects of me [ ... ]

Appointments in National Police Service of Kenya

Nairobi, 02 Sept, 2015/The purported presidential appointment of certain persons to service in of [ ... ]

Kenya County Governments need significant governan...

Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, 11th August 2015 The devolved system of governance and development that Ke [ ... ]

Chronic Corruption within Government of Kenya Seri...

NAIROBI, KENYA, July 30, 2015/.. The audit report of the Kenya National Audit Office on expenditures [ ... ]

Six day postponement of Burundi elections an ‘insu...

  For immediate release: 14 July 2015 The Burundian government’s decision to postpone the Presi [ ... ]