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Breaking: Uhuru nominates new Inspector General of police

Sheppernard N. Mosomi
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A executive order of President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo/Gisesa]

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday nominated new Inspector General of Police, just two days after the exit of Joseph Boinet whose four year term ended on Monday.

Through Executive Order Number 4 of 2019, Uhuru nominated Mr Hilary Mutyambai as the new IG, thus bringing to an end of speculations about his silence.

Mr Mutyambai will now face the National Police Commission for vetting before his name is taken to parliament for approval or rejection according to the law.

Should parliament approve his name, he will become the third Inspector General of police after David Kimaiyo and Joseph Boinet, who have served since the inception of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.

And Joseph Boinet, the career intelligence cop, will become Chief Administrative Secretary in the ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, an immediate reward to his efforts throughout his tenure that saw a few police reforms.

During his tenure, Boinet oversaw merging of Administration Police and Kenya Police, ending persistent wrangles between the two factions of Kenya Police Service.

Also, Boinet was instrumental in the revision of police welfare, a move that saw their allowances increased along with the change of uniforms. He worked closely with Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i.

Earlier, there were speculations that DCI George Kinoti and GSU boss Dougalas Kanja were favourites, but the appointment could have caught the country by surprise just like that of Boinet in 2015.

The president also appointed Wycliffe Ogalo as the new Commissioner General of Kenya Prison Services. Brigadier John Waweru is the new Director General, KWS. The changes just comes a fortnight after Uhuru sacked Rashid Echesa, the former Sports minister.

Prior to his appointment, Mr Mutyambai, another career cop, was an Assistant Director at National Intelligence Service (NIS). Once appointed, he will be a member of National Police Commission, which recruits and promotes police officers.

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