31 January 2013

Kenya: Kavuludi Defends CID Chief Muhoro

The National Police Service Commission yesterday said the Independent Police Oversight Authority does not have the final word on police appointments.

"Ipoa is not a vetting authority, it does not have have an oversight role over the National Police Service nor in its management," said NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavulundi in an indirect reference to the the objection raised by Ipoa on the appointment of Ndegwa Muhoro as the CID director.

Kavulundi said Ipoa's mandate is to deal with complaints against the police. Ipoa has objected to the appointment of Muhoro as the director of CID stating that he has issues with his integrity.

Ipoa wrote to President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga stating their objection to Muhoro's appointment to any top position in the police.

"We consequently recommend that Muhoro should not be considered for appointment for the positions of Deputy Inspector General or Director of Criminal Investigations," the authority said in the letter that was also sent to Muhoro.

The authority had investigated allegations by two senior police documents examiners that they were transferred from the CID after they failed to compromise an investigation as directed by Muhoro.

The two policemen, assistant commissioners Emmanuel Kenga and Antipas Nyanjwa, claim they were transfered from the CID after they declined to alter forensic evidence as directed by Muhoro. The case is pending in court.

In the letter, IPOA noted, "granted we cannot say we have evidence that conclusively holds Muhoro culpable. But we can safely say that based on the materials with us and presentations by all those who appeared before us, we are convinced that there are serious doubts raisd on his integrity."

Last Friday, President Kibaki appointed Muhoro the CID boss and Kenya Airport Police chief Grace Kaindi the Deputy Inspector General of Police. Prime minister Raila Odinga objected to their appointment saying he was not consulted.

Yesterday, the Star learnt that Kibaki declined to the objection raised by Ipoa after the Internal Security Ministry top officials wrote to the President and trashed the evidence given to the authority by the two police officers.

A letter sent to Kibaki said the two officers were moved from CID because they were running private companies which offered forensic examination.

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