Capital FM (Nairobi)

21 November 2012

Kenya: I'm the Best Bet for Police Job - Small Arms Chief

Nairobi — David Kimaiyo is exuding confidence that he is the best bet to lead Kenya's police force after emerging tops among three nominees for the post of Inspector General.

He told Capital FM News in an interview that although the decision now lies with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, he was in the competition, with the aim of winning.

Kimaiyo said: "When you are in a competition or a race you believe that you are the best person to be number one that is what every person wants."

Kimaiyo who heads the National Focal Point on Small Arms emerged top in the short listing released on Tuesday; followed by John Ochieng Owino and Grace Kaindi of the Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU).

"We are praying to God, we know that our principals will play their role then we see who is chosen. We are waiting because every person among those shortlisted has an equal chance regardless of the marks they got in the interview," he added.

The former Director of Police Operations emerged top in the interviews conducted by the National Police Service Commission, scoring 86.48 percent, followed by Owino with 78.98 percent and Kaindi at 69.40 percent.

Those short listed for the positions of the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Kenya Police are CID director Ndegwa Muhoro, Judy Ndeda of the Kenya Railways CID department and former Police Spokesman Jasper Ombati who is currently serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Those short listed for the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administration police are Samuel Arachi, Gideon Muoki Kimilu and David Karugu.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Kimaiyo called on those with illegal arms to voluntarily surrender them to the government.

He was launching a public awareness campaign on the dangers of arms held illegally where he insisted that the public remained an important player in the disarmament process and ought to be brought on board.

He said that his secretariat now aims to educate the public on the dangers of unlawfully possessing fire arms so that they see the need to surrender them.

"Commission of crime has become dynamic; you address this problem in one place it migrates to another place so we want to holistically create awareness for members of the public to come out openly and share information," he said.

"We are looking forward to see to it that the public has adequate information about the dangers of possessing fire arms illegally so that they are able to surrender. We want peaceful disarmament through education," he explained.

According to a survey on small arms conducted jointly by the government and the Geneva-based small arms survey in October revealed that an estimated 530,000 to 680,000 fire arms could be in civilian possession nationally.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21- David Kimaiyo is exuding confidence that he is the best bet to lead Kenya's police force after emerging tops among three nominees for the post of Inspector General.

He told Capital FM News in an interview that although the decision now lies with President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, he was in the competition with the aim of winning.

Kimaiyo said: "When you are in a competition or a race you believe that you are the best person to be number one that is what every person wants."

Kimaiyo who heads the National Focal Point on Small arms emerged top in the short listing released on Tuesday; followed by John Ochieng Owino and Grace Kaindi of the Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU).

"We are praying to God, we know that our principals will play their role then we see who is chosen. We are waiting because every person among those shortlisted has an equal chance regardless of the marks they got in the interview," he added.

The former Director of Police Operations emerged top in the interviews conducted by the National Police Service Commission, scoring 86.48 percent, followed by Owino with 78.98 percent and Kaindi at 69.40 percent.

Those short listed for the positions of the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Kenya Police are CID director Ndegwa Muhoro, Judy Ndeda of the Kenya Railways CID department and former Police Spokesman Jasper Ombati who is currently serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

Those short listed for the Deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administration police are Samuel Arachi, Gideon Muoki Kimilu and David Karugu.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Kimaiyo called on those with illegal arms to voluntarily surrender them to the government.

He was launching a public awareness campaign on the dangers of arms held illegally where he insisted that the public remained an important player in the disarmament process and ought to be brought on board.

He said that his secretariat now aims to educate the public on the dangers of unlawfully possessing fire arms so that they see the need to surrender them.

"Commission of crime has become dynamic; you address this problem in one place it migrates to another place so we want to holistically create awareness for members of the public to come out openly and share information," he said.

"We are looking forward to see to it that the public has adequate information about the dangers of possessing fire arms illegally so that they are able to surrender. We want peaceful disarmament through education," he explained.

According to a survey on small arms conducted jointly by the government and the Geneva-based small arms survey in October revealed that an estimated 530,000 to 680,000 fire arms could be in civilian possession nationally.

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