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20 November 2012

Kenya Inches Closer to New Police Chief, Deputies

Deputy Director of Police Reforms King'ori Mwangi found himself in a spot as he was taken to task by the National Police Service Commission to explain ... ( Resource: Kenya's Search for Top Cop Continues

It took slightly over 72 hours for the National Police Service Commission to evaluate and recommend names of candidates suitable for the posts of Inspector General of police and two deputies.

And so when he emerged from three days of exclusivity, National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi was sure he had the best of them all.

In the cool calm and collected company of his fellow commissioners, Kavuludi was set to announce the shortlist of candidates in the three categories.

The top three contenders for the post of Inspector General of Police are David Kimaiyo who scored 86.48 percent, followed by John Ochieng' Owino with 78.98 percent and Grace Kaindi at 69.40 percent.

Kimaiyo who currently serves at the Small Arms Secretariat has been a director of operations at police headquarters. He joined the police service in 1979 and rose through the ranks to Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Kaindi who is the Kenya Airports Police Unit Chief has served the police service since 1975, while John Ochieng' Owino is an engineer.

Those shortlisted for the positions of the deputy Inspector General in charge of the regular police are CID director Ndegwa Muhoro, Judy Ndeda (Railways Police) and Jasper Ombati of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

For the deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administration police, Samuel Arachi, Gideon Muoki Kimilu and David Karugu made it out of the 33 candidates interviewed.

And true to Kavuludi's promise when he was sworn in, the country might have an Inspector General in December.

But, the nominees have to get approval from the president and premier. Going by past experiences, it may not be an easy feat.

Kavuludi said that those selected met high standards set by the law, especially with regard to requirements of integrity.

"These persons shortlisted meet the criteria established by the constitution and the National Police Service Act. What we are telling the president is that these candidates are qualified. When it comes to the composition in terms of gender there is adequate latitude to choose from, so who they choose is purely their prerogative," he told reporters eager to know the criteria used in short-listing the candidates.

Kavuludi insisted that all the information forwarded to the commission with regard to integrity of the individuals was objectively evaluated.

"Very many people wrote to us about these candidates. We carefully scrutinised all of the documents and applied our legal minds to it. We looked at it carefully to ensure that we did not disadvantage any candidate if some of the claims were considered frivolous or insufficiently substantiated," he explained.

The contenders had been asked to present clearance certificates from the Ethics and Anti Corruption, Kenya Revenue Authority, Director of Public Prosecutions, Higher Education Loans Board, Credit Reference Bureau and a certificate of good conduct.

Interviews for the shortlisted candidates were held between November 9 and 17 at the Kenyatta International Conference Center.

Kavuludi also confirmed that the commission had already shortlisted those to be interviewed for the position of the Director of Criminal Investigations and will publish their names in two days.

The final nominees will be forwarded to Parliament for approval.

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