Jonathan Koskei, in charge of the Directorate of Reforms in Kenya, took money from athlete David Rudisha.
Rudisha, a junior police officer, gave Koskei Sh900,000 the panel vetting police officers was told, reported the Star.
But Koskei said that he was lent the money and returned it to Rudisha later on by check.
At the same time, the high-ranking officer was questioned over the huge deposits made into his accounts between 2001 and 2012, amounting to Sh 15.5 million.
Koskei said he earns money from his dairy and poultry farming, and also that he buys maize and sells it when the price goes up. He said the deposits wee from clients in the maize selling business.
Koskei was also asked why he fired 15 police officers. He said firmness was needed.
“People who commit offences don’t want to be punished,” Koskei said. “Even those who kill don’t want to be killed. You cant remain softspoken as people mess up with their responsibilities.”
Another line of questioning, over whether Koskei has credentials to be in his current position, was interrupted by Inspector General David Kimaiyo, who said that Koskei has attended many courses, including a managerial course at the National Defence College.
Also on Koskei’s resume was his helping start the police force in Namibia.