14 February 2013

Kenya: CJ Defends Swearing in of Police Bosses

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has said he had no option but to swear in the three senior police officers whose appointment was rejected by Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Deputy Inspector Generals of Police Grace Kaindi, Samuel Arachi and CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro were sworn in by the CJ yesterday.

The three who were appointed by President Kibaki were sworn in despite objects from the Prime Minister.

The PM rejected the three last month stating that he was not consulted. He said he had serious objections against the three nominees and that consultations on the matter were still underway.

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga said he had no choice but to swear in the senior police officers since there was no case challenging their appointment.

He said although the principal's objections had raised legal issues on the integrity of CID director Ndegwa Muhoro only the court could handle the matter.

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