Police agency revokes hiring of 1,215 recruits

on Wednesday, 13 August 2014.

Police agency revokes hiring of 1,215 recruits

The recent police recruitment has been cancelled in 36 centres across the country after investigations exposed irregularities.

The nullification, announced on Tuesday by the National Police Service Commission, will affect 1,215 recruits spread in 21 counties.

The investigation followed allegations of widespread bribery in the July 14 recruitment.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, the Independent Police Oversight Authority and other rights groups pointed out the irregularities.

Some 10,000 trainee officers had been recruited. A number of organisations, the oversight authority included, had called for total revocation.

The oversight authority has gone to court to halt the reporting of the officers to training colleges.

Police service commission chairman Johnson Kavuludi, who announced the cancellation, said there would be repeats in the affected centres.

Mr Kavuludi warned that all government officials who engaged in malpractices during the recruitment would be prosecuted for corruption and other professional misconduct.

Officers in charge of Police Divisions took charge of the recruitment committees in the sub-counties in their jurisdiction and were overseen by county police commanders.

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Up to 10,000 new teachers to be hired

on Thursday, 31 July 2014.

Up to 10,000 new teachers to be hired

More than 10,000 new teachers are to be hired starting next week.

Of these slots, 5,000 teachers will be replacing those who have left the service due to retirement, death or other causes while 5,000 will boost the numbers of the existing workforce, said Mr Gabriel Lengoiboni, the secretary of the Teachers Service Commission.

Funds for the fresh recruitment were set aside in this year’s Budget which Finance Cabinet Secretary Henry Koskei presented to Parliament in June.

He allocated Sh2.5 billion for employment of 5,000 additional teachers.

Mr Lengoiboni has now asked qualified teachers who are also registered with the commission to apply to school and district education boards before August 11. That means prospective candidates have only 11 days left.

Candidates can apply in any of the 47 counties where the vacancies exist. Out of the additional teachers, Mr Lengoiboni said 2,479 would be posted to teach in primary while 2,521 would be sent to secondary schools.

Among the 5,339 teachers who will be replacing those that have left service, 4,663 would be sent to primary while 676 go to secondary schools  READ MORE ON DAILY NATION

We’re ready to handle Ebola, State says

on Tuesday, 12 August 2014.

We’re ready to handle Ebola, State says

Kenya is prepared to deal with Ebola, the deadly viral disease which has sparked worldwide panic, according to medical authorities.

Isolation beds have been set up at the Kenyatta National Hospital, diagnostic areas have been prepared at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and 50 health and mortuary workers have been trained to handle Ebola patients.

Kenya was by Monday one of the countries still allowing direct flights to West African countries where the World Health Organisation has declared the disease out of control.

On Monday, Ivory Coast banned all flights from countries hit by Ebola as part of steps to prevent the spread of the deadly disease from its neighbours.

British Airways, Emirates Airlines, Pan African airline Aruj and ASKY and Chad have all suspended flights to and from the affected destinations.

At the weekend, Nigeria stopped the Gambian national carrier, Gambia Bird Airlines, from flying into the country, alleging “unsatisfactory” measures by the airline to contain the spread of Ebola.

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