The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has rejected irregular and unprocedural promotions of 500 officers as earlier announced by the Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome.
The NPSC has reiterated its earlier calls that the IG Office is subordinate to the Commission and Koome was overreaching his mandate by announcing promotions in the National Police Service.
Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome.
According to the Commission’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Leley the promotions are contrary to Article 246 of the Constitution, the National Police Service Commission Promotion Regulations, 2015, and the National Police Service Career Guidelines.
“The Commission cannot ascertain the merits of the said promotions as there are no related vacancies declared nor approved by the Commission. They were covertly undertaken as there is no single advertisement on the same”.
The communication from the Commission concluded; “Based on the aforementioned irregularities, the Commission hereby issues the directives that all purported promotions as conferred on June 5, 2023 to select Members of the National Police Service are declared irregular and unprocedural.”
The standoff between the Inspector General and the Commission is not new. The IG has in the past been accused of citing Article 245(4) of the Constitution as being his reason for not implementing decisions of the Commission on recruitment, appointments, dismissal, transfers, and promotions.
Peter Leley, NPSC Chief Executive Officer.
A Parliamentary Committee will now determine if Koome is indeed subordinate to NPSC and whether he should comply with the legal policy and institutional framework guiding the Police Service human resource functions.
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