The National Police Service Commission has set new rules that will bar the police from engaging in other business activities outside their line of duty, unless cleared by the service.
The rules require that those who already operate businesses should declare them, or be subjected to disciplinary action should the commission find out.
For those with intentions of starting a business, they should apply to the commission seeking permission to operate a business, which is not a guarantee.
“Applicants should be aware that this may involve the commission undertaking intelligence checks on both the applicant and the proposed business interests and associates,” reads the policy, as quoted by the Star newspaper.
Police officers who own shares in companies will also be required to declare them to the National Police Service Commission so it can determine if that constitutes conflict of interest.
“A member of the service shall not hold shares or have any interest in a corporation, partnership or other body, directly or through another person, if holding those shares or having that interest would result in the officers’ personal interest, including the interest of a spouse, relative or business associate, conflicting with his official duties,” continues the policy.
Also, gifts received by police officers during work will be surrendered to the Inspector General. It will be considered as a donation to the office.
“A member of the service who receives a gift or donation shall declare the gift or donation to the Inspector General within 14 days of receipt of the gift,” adds the policy.
During vetting, it emerged that many police officers were engaged in business and many were worth millions of shillings, despite earning relatively low salaries.
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