Sabahi (Washington, DC)

22 August 2014

Kenyatta Nominates New National Intelligence Service Chief

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday (August 21st) nominated Major General Philip Wachira Kameru as the new head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Kameru's nomination comes one week after the resignation of NIS Director Michael Gichangi for "personal reasons".

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi announced the appointment in parliament, and the parliamentary Defence and Foreign Relations Committee will have 14 days to vet the nominee and report their findings back to parliament.

Kenyatta praised Kameru as "an exemplary professional" who has served the country for 36 years, during which time he rose to become director of military intelligence for the Kenya Defence Forces in 2011, Capital FM reported.

"Major General Kameru is credited with the success of Kenya's intelligence gathering in Somalia, as part of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)," a statement from the State House said.

"Our intelligence service must now meet both new and old challenges," Kenyatta said in the statement. "Major General Kameru has gathered extensive experience in operational and administrative matters... His ability has been tested by long service and his performance and conduct have been found excellent. His experience, learning and integrity show that he is fit to lead and strengthen Kenya's intelligence gathering effort."

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