National Police Service Commission Chair Escapes Prosecution

  • The National Police Service Commission(NPSC) chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and commissioners have escaped prosecution over alleged procurement impropreity.

    The Director of public prosecutions Keriako Tobiko Friday, said he did not find sufficient evidence to charge the officials over failure to follow procurement procedures in acquiring and partitioning the commission’s headquarters at Sky Park Plaza in Westlands at the cost of Sh189 million.

    The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) had recommended that Kavuludi, NPSC commissioners and former NPSC CEO Elija Achoch be charged.

    EACC had also recommended the charging of officials at the Ministry of Works who conducted the evaluation, and the firm that was awarded the partitioning contract.

    The DPP instead recommended that Kavuludi and the Commissioners be held “individually and collectively responsible” by being surcharged for any loss or damage for the failure to follow procurement laws, The Star reports.

    Tobiko further directed for the termination of both the Public Works officials involved in the evaluation and the partitioning contract as it was obtained through fraudulent practices.

    Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi also escaped charges over the purchase of a Sh140 million house.

    Tobiko closed the file against Kingi after EACC found out that the price of the house was not inflated and there was no quantifiable monetary loss.

    Image of Johnstone Kavuludi