The Star (Nairobi)

20 December 2012

Kenya: Police Ready for Poll, Kimaiyo Tells MPs

The nominee for the Inspector General's post has told a parliamentary committee that a comprehensive guideline is in place to ensure a peaceful general election.

David Kimaiyo, who has been nominated by President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga for appointment, assured the committee he is ready to work and enforce the law to avert any chaos in March.

Top on the list is the mapping of hotspot of political violence and security surveillance along the national boarder to check the influx of refugees who may smuggle arms in the country.

He also promised to revive police beats and patrols, invest in technology in fighting crime in an effort to make the Police service responsive to public issues.

"We've learnt our lessons. We are fully prepared for the general elections," he said. Kimaiyo revealed of plans to deploy heavy security in hotspot areas where it is expected the threat of violence will be high.

Further, a special police unit has been put on standby should the situation in these areas deteriorate to dangerous levels. "IEBC must also draw guidelines to political parties to ensure their supporters act in a responsible way," he said.

Kimaiyo revealed the plans when he appeared before the Committee on National Security which vetted on his suitability for the job. Kimaiyo's suitability for the job was boosted by the Independent Police Oversight Authority which submitted to the committee that it is satisfied with his nomination.

"He has a strong operational background and understands leadership. The committee should facilitate his appointment," Macharia Njeru, IPOA chairman told the committee.

Njeru, said the problems with the police command is the cause of runway insecurity in the country and revealed Kimaiyo was the right man for the job.

"Kenya has dropped down the global rankings on competitiveness due to insecurity," he told the Committee chaired by Mt Elgon Mp Fred Kapondi.

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