, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 8 – The Inspector General of Police says there is no dispute between him and the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman.
The alleged rift between the David Kimaiyo and Johnston Kavuludi arose from the appointment of officers to head key dockets.
Speaking during a security meeting, Kimaiyo said “Decisions made in the National Police Service Commission are not unilateral but are based on extensive consultations.”
The Head of the Civil Service Francis Kimemia who attended the security meeting also indicated that he was not aware of the perceived differences.
“We would also like to clarify that there are no divisions between the Inspector General, his deputies and the National Police Service Commission. What they are doing is to come up with very clear standard operating procedures so that it is very clear what the commission does and what the IG does within his independence,” he said.
“I can however assure you that there is very good harmony between the commission and the Inspector General.”
It had been claimed that while Kavuludi made changes that are yet to be effected, those made by Kimaiyo were implemented.
“All what they did and they agreed among themselves was to suspend the promotions that had been effected in the Police Service until possibly after those standard operating procedures had been articulated and then it is very clear how promotions are done and how is the vetting going to be done,” Kimemia stated.
The issue had sucked in the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which has supported the IG, saying the commission was overstepping its mandate.
Last week, Kavuludi named Anthony Munga, a superintendent at the Police Training College in Kiganjo the director of communications.
Charles Owino, a senior superintendent, who was deputy spokesman, was named director of internal affairs, while Superintendent Sicily Gatiti became the head of the human resources directorate.
The decision sparked discontent among senior officers who deemed the appointees quite junior to hold such high-level positions.
In the past, the officers would not have qualified because the posts were a preserve of their seniors, at least four ranks above them.
Kavuludi went further and announced that the ranks held by the senior officers had been abolished in line with new policing laws.