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BY JOHN WERU,NAIROBI,21ST MAY 2018-The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) has handed over its final reports to the interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiangi after expiry of its term.
Speaking while receiving the report which also contains recommendations, on Monday, Matiangi commended the good work done by the outgoing team and assured them that the recommendations will be implemented to the full for the betterment of the country.
He further stated that he will also be seeking to have regular meetings to ensure that reports from the body are effectively dealt with.
According to Matiangi , this will increase accountability within the National Police Service and urged other state organs to embrace the initiative.
“I would like rather than waiting for two or three years to end, to have an annual meeting at which the Solicitor General, the DPP, the chairperson of the National Police Service, the Inspector General, we look at each other and respond to the statistics that are being talked about,” he said.
“If 700 cases have been given to us as the National Police Service, where are we with regard to the disposal of the cases. That is the accountability I would like to give as a minister,”
The body’s chairman Macharia Njeru stated that the biggest problem with the police is poor management which in turn affects the service delivery.
“So our conclusion has been this as we leave, that the biggest challenge within the National Police Service if I were to be candid is a management issue that needs to be dealt with. A majority of Police Commanders do not have management and leadership skills and that impacts negatively on the running of the Police Service,” he stated.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji for his part said that oversight bodies like the IPOA must be given a chance to execute their mandate.
The DPP stressed that they play a critical role in ensuring authorities don’t abuse their offices.
He specifically noted that the authority has in past faced resistance but insists that it must be allowed to play their role, to ensure there’s no room for extra-judicial killings.
He promised to ensure all cases investigated by IPOA are expeditiously processed and those found culpable brought to book.