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Graft has taken root in the police - DFID study

6th June 2012
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Police Head of Training Assistant Commissioner Peter Kivuyo

The UK's Department for International Development (DFID) has revealed results of its study on the police which shows that corruption has taken root in the force.

The results show that sections that engage in taking bribes in the police include the reception desk, the criminal investigation department and the traffic department.

This was said on Monday by the Police Head of Training Assistant Commissioner Peter Kivuyo when opening training for officers in command of districts in the criminal investigation departments countrywide.

He said following the study findings by DFID, the UK organisation decided to fund the training for officers of the force in an effort to curb the problem.

“This training is conducted with the support from the organisation, as a result of the findings, saying if corruption would be contained in the force, it would help to clean it up," he said.

He said the findings showed also that the treatment accorded to people visiting police stations at the reception desk was poor, while the criminal investigation offices were slow in executing investigations.

The study also revealed that there were tendencies of case framing, theft of valuables belonging to remanded people, and bribe soliciting from people going to the offices for service.

Speaking about the training, Kivuyo said it would last for five days and it aimed at strengthening ongoing efforts to curb acts that violate the force's code of conduct.

However, he commended the police for having succeeded in dismantling criminal networks in the country, particularly the one that used to attack financial institutions.

He also said that the police force has succeeded in investigating thoroughly cases linked to murder of people with albinism as well as drug and human trafficking nets.

However, Kivuyo strongly condemned actions by some police officers who violated the code of conduct in such instances, as stealing valuables belonging to the remanded people, particularly by failing to register them in the logbooks and other registers.

Such items include phone, cash money and other items, he informed.

Other practices that took toll on the general image of the force include causing exhibits to get lost or change form such as illicit brew turning into water, drugs being swapped with maize flour, parts of vehicles being stolen and the like.

Kivuyo said that lack of proper supervision caused some unfaithful officers to demand bribe before granting bail to accused people, despite the fact that bail was a natural right.

He also said there were officers who used abusive language against the people, adding to actions that downed people's confidence over the force.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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