Teso North women cry foul over negligible slots
Teso North women have expressed displeasure after the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) accorded them only two slots in this year’s recruitment exercise.
The hopes of hundreds of young women who had turned up for the exercise were dashed after the recruiting officer Superintendent Martin Kangala revealed that the NPS had reserved a single slot for Kenya Police and another one for the Criminal Investigations Department.
The women castigated NPSC for ignoring the gender equity rule as provided for in the constitution and being unfair to young ambitious women who were eager to serve their country.
They said out of the 21 slots meant for the constituency at least five or more should have been allocated to women.
“As women we totally feel excluded. How can they allocate us only two slots against 19 for men? Aren’t women required in the disciplined forces anymore?” wondered one of the unsuccessful women.
She spoke on a condition of anonymity saying she will keep on trying her luck as her parents cannot afford to take her to college despite scoring a C plus in KCSE. However, Kangala absolved himself of blame saying the directive came from Nairobi.
“Five slots will go to the General Service Unit (men only), seven to the Administration Police (men only), seven to the Kenya Police (one woman) and two to the CID (a man and a woman),” he stated while appealing to the women not to despair but to keep on trying their luck.
He said the recruits are expected to report for their nine-month training at their respective training colleges on May 19 this year.
Most young men and women were turned away in the preliminary stages for lacking mandatory documents like original KCSE certificates – especially for those who sat for examination last year, valid good conduct certificates and birth certificates.
The National Police Service Commission is recruiting 10, 000 people to serve under the Kenya Police, Administration Police, General Service Unit and Directorate of Criminal Investigation.
Persons eligible for recruitment should be Kenyans aged between 18 and 28, should have scored a mean grade of D+ in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education besides possessing a D+ and above in English and Kiswahili languages.