The 47 are expected to head the activities of the Kenya Police in the various counties and Deputy Inspector General Grace Kaindi has directed that they take up office immediately.
“The Inspector General National Police Service has approved the deployment of the following officers as County Commanders with immediate effect,” Kaindi said in a directive issued from the Vigilance House.
The National Police Service Commission planned to recruit 94 County Commanders in total, 47 under the Kenya Police Service and 47 under Deputy Inspector General Samuel Arachi who is in charge of the Administration Police Service.
It remains to be seen if Kimaiyo will release a list of 47 County Commanders to head the Administration Police in the various counties.
Interviews for the posts of County Commanders and the heads of directorates were to take place this month and Section 7(2) of the National Police Service Act states, “all officers shall undergo vetting by the commission to assess their suitability and competence.”
The appointment of the County Commanders renders Provincial Police Chiefs (PPOs) redundant and only immediate former Nairobi PPO Benson Kibue has made the cut so far.
Kibue has been retained in Nairobi, Gideon Amala who formerly served as Deputy PPO for Central province has been re-deployed to Machakos County and Stanley Tito Kilonzi who previously served as Nairobi Central and Kisumu police chief is the new County Commander for Kajiado.
The remaining seven PPOs could still end up taking charge of the Police Directorates including that of Criminal Investigation, Kimaiyo has previously gone on record as saying.
Fourteen of Kimaiyo’s appointees are female in keeping with Section 5(a) of the National Police Service Act which says, “The composition of the service shall, so as far is reasonably practicable uphold the principle that not more than two-thirds of the appointments shall be of the same gender.”
The appointments are to also to, “reflect the regional and ethnic diversity of the people of Kenya,” the Act continues to state.
The NPSC and the Inspector General, who is also a member of the Commission, were working toward increasing the number of directorates and adding the rank of Senior Assistant Inspector General under the DIG post before they fell out.
A little over a week ago, Kavuludi accused the Kimaiyo of trying to usurp the powers of the NPSC to fill vacancies in the National Police Service and take disciplinary action against officers.
Kimaiyo has on the other hand argued that he cannot competently fulfil his mandate as Inspector General unless he has the powers to appoint, redeploy and discipline those under his command as he sees fit.