Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kithure Kindiki, in charge of the docket responsible for internal security, has said they will not conduct Kenya police recruitment in 2023 until next year.

Reason? While speaking before Members of Parliament, CS Kindiki told them that the National Police Service (NPS) will not maintain its workforce levels this year due to lateness.

“We shall be conducting the recruitment early next year…we cannot have it this year. We are late.” He said.

The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) was to recruit extra law enforcement officers in April 2023, but the exercise was jeopardized by financial constraints. The National Treasury had suggested the recruitment drive to take place in April 2024, when the funds would be ready, but Inspector General (IG) Japhet Koome objected, saying he needed more police to tackle the rising level of serious crime in the country.

“Myself, I cannot see recruiting in 2024. How can I do that with the shortfall I have?” the Inspector General complained.

The 2023 to 2024 funding package for police recruitment from the Treasury is Ksh8.2 billion – Ksh5.2 billion for recruiting a target 10,000 officers, including for Kenya Prisons Service, Ksh2 billion for equipment upgrade, the remaining Ksh1 billion will fund the activities of NPS Level 4 Hospital in Nairobi.

CS Kindiki expressed confidence that the Kenya Police 2023 Recruitment, which has been rescheduled to 2024, will be free and fair of bribe.