18 December 2012

Kenya: Lawmakers Race Against Clock On Police Nominee

David Kimaiyo was sworn in as the country's first inspector general. Kimaiyo pledged to crackdown on terrorists and to promote reforms within the ... ( Resource: Kenya's Top Cop Sworn In )

Nairobi — The parliamentary Committee on National Security has until Thursday to submit to Parliament a report recommending the approval or rejection of David Kimaiyo as the country's first Inspector General of Police under the new constitution.

In his communication to the House, National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende urged the committee led by Mount Elgon MP Fred Kapondi to expedite the vetting of Kimaiyo which is expected to take place on Wednesday morning at Parliament buildings.

It's likely that Parliament will re-arrange its business on Thursday to allow for the debate and a vote Kimaiyo's nomination before MPs take their Christmas break. The House is expected to resume its sittings in January 7 and sit for three days before the five-year term of the 10th Parliament expires on January 14.

Kimaiyo, who is a former Director of Police Operations, currently heads the National Focal Point on Small arms.

Kimaiyo emerged top in interviews conducted by the National Police Service Commission, scoring 86.48 percent, followed by his deputy at the small arms body John Ochieng Owino with 78.98 percent and Grace Kaindi of the Kenya Airports Police Unit (KAPU) at 69.40 percent.

Kimaiyo's name was forwarded to Parliament at the weekend for endorsement after consensus was reached between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Capital FM Newsbeat also learnt that President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga settled on Criminal Investigations Director (CID) director Ndegwa Muhoro as deputy inspector general in charge of the police and Samuel Arachi to be in charge of Administration Police.

Arachi is currently the acting AP Commandant.

The name of the nominee for Inspector General was expected to be approved by Parliament, while those of the two deputies and CID chief will be gazetted before their formal appointment.

A source at the Office of the President said the Principals were also in agreement that Interpol Liaison Officer Mary Kaol be appointed Director of the Criminal Investigations Department, a post currently held by Muhoro.

The Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) has previously accused the Executive of delays in making the crucial police appointments, despite having received names from the National Police Service Commission.

IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru said the "appointments are long overdue."

Those nominated were among nine candidates shortlisted to the positions by the NPSC that is headed by Johnston Kavuludi, following rigorous interviews that were carried out in public at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi.

Once appointed, the new Inspector General of Police will take over from current Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, but will only serve for a single four-year-term that is not renewable.

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