Ali moves more officers

November 20, 2008 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, November 20 – Commissioner of Police Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali on Thursday promoted and moved more than 200 senior police officers in yet another reshuffle.

Many of those affected include officers holding the rank of Inspector and above, mainly those commanding police stations in various parts of the country.

Notable figures in the new line up include the Personal Assistant to the director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Danson Diru who was promoted and moved to Suba division as area commander (OCPD).

Head of the Anti Narcotics Unit (ANU) at the CID headquarters David Birech was also moved to Kiganjo Police College as an administrator.

There was no immediate replacement on positions previously held by the two.

Last week, 51 senior officers mainly Provincial Criminal Investigations Officers (PCIO) and senior CID officers at the provincial level were reshuffled.

Sources told Capital News another major reshuffle that will affect Provincial police chiefs is in the offing and could see many of those who have attained the mandatory retirement age replaced.

“There have been high level consultations and the reshuffle could be announced soon. It will affect at least four PPO’s and other provincial formational commanders,” the source said and declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the Police Force.

Mohamed Hajji was appointed the commandant of GSU training school while the Machakos OCPD Patrick Lumumba was promoted and moved to Coast Province. He will be replaced by Hassan Barua.

The Police Commissioner has lately made far reaching changes at most administrative positions in the provincial level, mainly appointing career CID officers with attractive track records and credentials.

“He is keen to ensure the police force is headed by professionals. And he drafts the transfers himself,” another well placed source said.

This follows the rising trend of violent crimes in Eastern, Coast and Nairobi Provinces.


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