, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) insists that David Kimaiyo’s two deputies in the National Police Service must also follow him into retirement.
IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru stated that the two, Samuel Arachi (Administration Police) and Grace Kaindi (General Police) are part of the problem in the service and they do not deserve to remain in office.
“It is our firm view that Mr Kimaiyo’s deputies have been part of the problem and they cannot stay in office except temporarily pending the recruitment of a substantive Inspector General through a competitive process as elaborated by the law. These deputies must vacate office upon the appointment of that Inspector General to facilitate a fresh start,” he stated.
Njeru described the continuous lapses in security as regrettable and emphasised that they must serve as a lesson to all leaders and especially the National Police Service to ensure there is no recurrence.
While expressing concern at the lack of quorum at the National Police Service Commission to start the process of getting a new IG, Njeru explained that the NPSC must expeditiously ensure that the post of Inspector General of Police is filled as fast as possible.
“In accordance with the National Police Service Commission Act as revised in July 2014, it should be clear that the National Police Service Commission as currently constituted has no quorum and cannot in law purport to recommend appointment of an Acting Inspector General. It follows therefore that the solution lies in the expeditious competitive recruitment of the Inspector General,” he said.
“As the country undergoes the changes in the command of the National Police Service, it is important for all in the National Police Service to put the country’s interest first, practice patriotism in execution of duty and to remember that there is no vacuum. Dereliction of duty would be the worst form of betrayal to the people of Kenya,” he stated.
Kimaiyo announced his retirement from the National Police Service on what he termed as personal grounds amid growing calls for his resignation over continued terror attacks.
Kimaiyo announced that President Uhuru Kenyatta had accepted his decision to vacate office as Inspector General of Police.
He quit hours after terrorists butchered 36 Kenyans in Mandera who were asleep in tents at a quarry located at Koromey area.
In Wajir County, people armed with AK-47 rifles forced their way into Ngamia Club on Monday night at 8.15pm and shot indiscriminately at revellers killing one person and injuring 13.
In November, a bus bound for Nairobi was hijacked five kilometres from the Kenya-Somalia border at dawn.