10 November 2012

Kenya: Three Interviewed for the Police Chief Position

Former Rift Valley PC Noor Hassan Noor was yesterday taken to task over the the 2007/2008 post-election violence.

Noor, who is seeking to be Kenya first Inspector General of the Police, defended himself from claims by the National Police Service Commission that he failed to stop the violence.

He, however, said he did his best and stopped the violence from degenerating into "a major massacre". Noor said the the difficult time he faced as Rift Valley PC makes him the best candidate for Inspector General of Police.

He said he stamped out criminal gangs in Western, Nyanza and Rift Valley provinces.Kenya airport police police chief Grace Kaindi told the NPSC that she has enough experience to be police chief.

She has joined the police in 1975, rising through the ranks to her current rank of deputy commissioner of police. Prior to her appointment as the airport police chief , Kaindi served as the Director of Complaints and Police headquarters.

Yesterday, Kaindi was questioned about the 2007/2008 post-election violence when she served as Nyanza police chief. Nyanza was hit by the violence.

A member of the public who made submission to the commission said at the height of the violence, Kaindi locked herself in her house and left police officers to battle rioting youth. Kaindi denied the claims.

"I was the commander on the ground and I never abandoned my officers," she said. Swaleh Slim, the security chief at the Kenya Airways, said he is best placed to be the IG because he has served both in the government and private sector.

Slim is a former Kenya Anti-corruption Commission director in charge of investigations. He left the police force after attaining the rank of senior assistant commissioner of police.

Slim said his experience as the Kenya Airways security boss will enable him to transform the police force into a world class force. He told the commission that his mission was to make the police force "a highly effective , professional world class police service".

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