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Kenya Police excludes degree holders from recruitment

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The National Police Service Commission has excluded degree holders in its latest recruitment drive that starts tomorrow. The drive aims at recruiting up to 5,000 constables.

NPSC official John Ole Moyaki during a pre-recruitment sensitization session in kabarnet on Monday, said they had learnt from past mistakes whereby enlisting varsity graduates led to arising of pay disputes.

“In the adverts placed in various media platforms, we have indicated that we are recruiting police constables with a minimum qualification of D+ in their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education [KCSE] exam and it remains as such because there is a particular job group for the advertised positions. We are advising those with degrees to wait for other positions to avoid labour issues,” said commissioner Moyaki.

This follows last years protests by morehan 1000 graduate police officers against a move to slash their salaries. The officers raised concerns when their November payslips showed about sh30,000 deducted from their salaries.

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The graduate recruits, ranked police inspectors under job Group J, were shocked to receive Group F salaries, which are paid to police constables arguing that the directive by Inspector-General of police Hillary Mutyambai had emptied their salaries to negative earnings.

In a November 17, 2021 letter, the IG had directed that the changes be effected on the graduate constables’ salaries. Mr Mutyambai said the Court of Appeal had overturned a decision of the High Court that gave the officers a reprieve. He further stated that the move ensured fairness in the police service.

The police spokesperson, Bruno Shioso declared the pay cut going applied across all formations of officers as it was informed by the Court of Appeal ruling No.352 of 2019, which was delivered on September 23.

He explained that the NPS is making attempts at effecting the ‘clean up’ of the payroll as directed by NPSC chairman Johnston Kavuludi. Citing officers’ inclusion on the payroll without the commission’s approval.

Despite the affected officers move to the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi in a bid to challenge Mr Kavuludi’s directive, a consent order was issued blocking implementation of the order on November 14, 2018.

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