Kenya will not have an Inspector General, his two deputies and the director of criminal investigations until after the general election if Parliament is adjourned for Christmas holidays next week.
The National Police Service Commission which forwarded the names of nine candidates for the IG and two deputies to President Kibaki on November 19 is worried that if the principals do not announce the names of those appointed to the posts by tomorrow, then there is likely to be a crisis.
"We are hoping that the principals will have named the appointments by Tuesday," NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavuludi said. The President, in consultation with Prime Minister Raila Odinga, was supposed to have announced the preferred nominees in seven days after receiving the names and forwarded them to the Speaker of the National Assembly for approval by Parliament.
The Commission last week submitted the names of three nominees for the position of director of criminal investigations whose interviews were conducted later and it was expected that the President would make the announcement of the new office bearers on last Friday.
The director of Kenya National Focal Point David Kimaiyo, his deputy John Patrick Ochieng and the Kenya Airports Police Unit commandant Grace Kaindi were nominated for the the position of IG.
CID director Ndegwa Muhoro is ranked first with 89 per cent among the nominees for the position of the deputy inspector general in charge of police alongside Judy Jebet Ndeda of Railways police unit with 86 per cent and former police spokesman Jasper Ombati with 85 per cent.
The current AP commandant Samuel Arachi led with 90 per cent among the nominees in that category followed by deputy CID director Gideon Kimilu 87 per cent and David Ngondi 85 per cent.