The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Chequered Careers for Top Police Nominees

The nine nominees for the position of Inspector General have had a checkered career for more than 20 years. David Kimaiyo, a former director of police operations and who scored 86.48 per cent in the interviews, once served as the GSU commander.

The 52-year-old from Elgeyo Marakwet was at one time sacked by former Police Commissioner Mohammed Hussein Ali but was reappointed following outcry from the police fraternity.

Kimaiyo, the head of the Kenya Focal Point on Small Arms and Light weapons, is a Masters in Criminology degree holder and is currently pursuing a Phd in Criminology at the University of Nairobi.

Kimaiyo, an Israeli trained commando, once served as the commander of the Presidential Escort Unit. He also served as a senior deputy director in the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture.

The second nominee, aeronautical engineer and helicopter pilot John Owino, scored 78.98 per cent. Owino is a former deputy Commandant of Kenya Police Airwing and was at one time in charge of aviation safety standard and regulations at the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

A holder of a Phd in Management Science, he is currently the deputy director of Kenya Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons. Owino trained in the East African Flying School in Soroti as an aeronautical engineer and later went to AST Training in Scotland.

He holds masters degree in aeronautical engineering from Ottburn, Germany, and a maters in Aviation Science from Trinity International University in Newark, USA.

Grace Syombua Kaindi, the current Kenya Airports Police Unit boss came third in the interview with a 69.40 per cent score. Kaindi has served as the Nyanza police boss and has been the director of complaints at Vigilance House.

CID Director Muhoro Ndegwa came first in the interviews for the Deputy Inspector General position with a 89.10 per cent score. Muhoro is a holder of a Masters degree and was in charge of the senior police training college before being appointed the CID director.

He served in the UN Peace Keeping in Sierra Leone where he helped establish a police force. Judy Jebet Ndeda, the head of Railways CID emerged second in the position with a score 86.07 per cent.

Ndeda, who hails from Baringo, is a holder of a Masters in Criminology from Egerton University and has also studied in UK on police related matters.

She is a long serving CID officer who at one time headed the personnel department at CID. The third position was taken by former police spokesman Jasper Ombati who scored 85.03 per cent.

Ombati holds a masters degree in criminology has been an OCPD in Kilimani, Kasarani, Nyandarua and Kirinyaga is currently attached to a Peace keeping mission in Sudan.

The current administration police commandant Samuel Arachi scored 90.22 per cent to lead the nominees for the deputy Inspector General Administration Police Service.

Arachi is among senior AP officers who over saw the transformation of the AP from a provincial administration controlled outfit to a professional well equipped police unit.

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