Kimaiyo Defies Kavuludi Over County Cops

June 17, 2013

June 15, 2013
BY Dominic Wabala
POLICE Inspector General David Kimaiyo yesterday defied National Police Service Commission chairman Johnstone Kavuludi by releasing a list of 47 county commanders without consulting.
The NPSC had advertised the jobs on March 14 in local newspapers and called on interested police officers to apply. Over 3000 officers s…ubmitted their applications.
At the time Kimaiyo ordered his officers to ignore the advertisement and wait for further instructions.
The NPSC was set up on October 5 last year to supervise the police force but top police chiefs have bitterly resisted their oversight, particularly in relation to transfers and appointments. The police appears determined to remain a law unto itself.
Deputy Inspector General in charge of Kenya Police Service, Grace Kaindi, yesterday gave out the list of 47 commanders which was approved by Kimaiyo for immediate deployment.
The list has 13 women and 34 men, with one deputy commissioner of police, two senior assistant commissioners of police, seven assistant commissioners of police and 35 senior superintendents of police. All provincial police chiefs have been recalled to Nairobi for redeployment.
NPSC said in the newspaper advertisement that applicants had to be university graduates and have served with distinction in the police service for at least 10 years.
The applicants for the NPSC advert were required to produce clearance certificates from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, Kenya Revenue Authority, Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Higher Education Loans Board, Credit Reference Bureau, Certificate of Good Conduct and proof of membership in any professional body.
All shortlisted candidates were to be vetted by the National Intelligence Services for their suitability.
The new list ignores the requirement for a university degree. Kimaiyo who did not consult the NPSC before releasing the list.
Yesterday NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavuludi had travelled to his rural home in western Kenya on Thursday and did not respond to phone calls and text messages.
The decision followed a directive on Wednesday from the Interior and Coordination Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo to recall provincial police chiefs to Nairobi to be replaced with the county police chiefs.
In the new appointments, Nairobi Provincial police boss Benson Kibui Githinji retains his position as county commander, while Edward Mbugua takes over as Mombasa County Commander, and Gideon Amalla, who recently graduated from the National Defence College, becomes the Machakos county commander.
In an interesting twist, three women have been appointed to head western counties. Damaris Kinani will head Kakamega, Halima Mohamed Abdi for Busia, and Beatrice Gachago for Bungoma county.
Others appointments are Stanley Tito Kilonzi for Kajiado, Joseph Kimutai Limo for Tana River, John Willis Okello Embu, Gabriel Mutuku Musau for Homa Bay, Leonard Onyango Omollo for Lamu, Angelus Gichobi Karuru for Laikipia, David Rono Bunei for Mandera, Christine Munyiva Mutua for Kirinyaga, Clement Gatogo for Migori, Charles Sifuna Wasike for West Pokot, John Mwaka Koki for Nakuru, Sarah Duncan for Vihiga, Simon Muriithi Kuragu for Kisii, David Kimeli Ngetich for Kisumu, Charles Wambugu Kinyua for Garissa, Patrick Mwakio for Elgeyo Marakwet, Rem Manegene Warui for Nyamira, Patrick Ogutu Wambani for Samburu, David Chengeck Kirui for Wajir, Hamis Suleiman Mabeya for Nyandarua, Lilian Okoth Okembo for Trans Nzoia, Johnston Okisida Ipara for Tharaka Nithi, Charkles Mutinda Munyoli for Siaya and Agnes Okang’a for Nyeri.
Erastus Muthamia is the new Marsabit county commander, Rose Ochingwa Muchuma goes to Kericho, James Mwangangi Mugera to Kiambu, Leah Kithei Ngutu to Bomet, James Muoki Kithuka to Kilifi, Rachel Kipsoi to Makueni, Jacinta Odhiambo to Nandi, Naomi Nzilani Ichami to Muranga, Kenneth Kimani to Kwale, Jones Cheruto Githinji to Kitui, Emmanuel Mwaringa Karisa to Turkana, Nelson Nyaigoti Okioga to Isiolo, Samson Teleng’o Kinne to Meru, Richard Nyabaro Bitonga to Taita Taveta, and Grace Kaikai to Narok.
Buru Buru OCPD Hassan Barua is the new Baringo county commander while Selestino Nyaga goes to Uasin Gishu.


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