NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – The Government is crafting a concrete roadmap and matrix to streamline career progression and succession management in the Kenya Prisons Service and other uniformed security agencies.
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Kithure Kindiki, underscored that this initiative aims to create opportunities for young officers to ascend to management positions through a well-defined and transparent process.
Speaking Thursday when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on National Cohesion and Equal Opportunities on the employment opportunities in Kenya Prison Service and other reforms in the Correctional facilities, Kindiki said the road map will eliminate cases of corruption, favouritism, and patronage.
He disclosed that the service currently employs 23,878 male officers and 7,349 female officers, totaling 31,227 officers adding that the government is actively working on strategies to address the existing gap in personnel.
“We have taken a policy position to correct this mess. I have already engaged the Principal Secretary responsible and the commissioner General of prisons to make sure that the gap is addressed,” he said.
He added that Kenya Prisons Service staff represent the diversity of the people of Kenya, and there is no discrimination in employment.
Kindiki stated that no ethnic community represents more than one-third of the uniformed staff population.
In furthering equity in recruitment of Prisons officers, Kindiki said the State Department for Correctional Services will continue to sensitise communities across the country to apply for positions whenever they are advertised and participate in recruitment of officers at the Sub-County level.
The Interior CS appealed to the citizens to provide information on officers who demand and / or receive bribes for immediate action in accordance with the law.
The Interior Cabinet Secretary also called upon citizens to report any instances of officers demanding or receiving bribes for action.
He underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to combating corruption.
“Corruption is a vice that must be dealt with firmly, decisively and ruthlessly,” he asserted.
Kindiki was accompanied by Principal Secretary, Correctional Services Salome Muhia-Beacco and Commissioner General, Kenya Prisons Service John Warioba.