Confusion hits police service as Kavuludi, Boinnet differ on promotions

August 6, 2016 1:24 pm
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Some of the senior police officers who attended promotion interviews at the National Police Service Commission on July 21. Photo/NPSC.
Some of the senior police officers who attended promotion interviews at the National Police Service Commission on July 21. Photo/NPSC.
NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 6 – Police headquarters has released a new list of officers promotions, differing from an earlier one sent to newsrooms by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).

The list signed by Police Spokesman George Kinoti and sanctioned by the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet omits some seven names which were contained in the list from the NPSC.

While the NPSC list by chairman Johnson Kavuludi contained names of officers promoted to the rank of Acting Inspector General, the one from police headquarters omitted them, with an official there claiming they were not approved.

Kenya Police Spokesman Charles Owino is among officers promoted to the rank of Acting Inspector General in Kavuludi’s list, and not contained in the list from police headquarters.

Both lists however, have promotions of five officers promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Inspector General of Police and 32 senior inspectors general of police.

The list from police headquarters omitted names of Owino Mary Omari, Noah Mwivanda, Fred Situma, Rosemary Kuraru, Jackson Kazungu, Jebel Ngere and Gitari Njoka who had been elevated to a new rank of the Acting Inspector General of Police as shown in Kavuludi’s list.

The confusion laid bare the deep rooted wrangles between the Interior Ministry and the National Police Service Commission.

It is also seen as a culmination of public statements by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery recently when he dismissed the police commission “which cannot be left to run police management affairs like vetting.”

We could not reach Nkaissery to comment about the confusion caused by the two sets of lists from Kavuludi and Boinnet and how it will affect police work.

“This is conflict is very dangerous in the management of police affairs because it clearly shows there is a problem, who will we believe now; police headquarters or the commission,” one senior officer affected in the new promotions said, pleading not to be named for fear of victimization.

Capital FM news has authoritatively established that 52 names were agreed on for promotion during a National Police Service Commission meeting.

It remains unclear what motivated police headquarters to omit some names when sending out its press release that made public the beneficiaries, sharply differing from the one sent out by Kavuludi.

Kavuludi insists his list is the true reflection of the meeting deliberations, while the IG also insists that his is authentic—sending confusion in the police ranks.

The Kavuludi-led commission had promoted deputy principal assistant to the Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police Kingori Mwangi, head of operations Benson Kibui- Kenya police and APS’ Peter Pamba and Peter Mureithi and General Service Unit commandant Stephen Chelimo to Senior Assistant Inspector General of Police.

Nairobi County Police chief Japheth Koome, Noor Gabow, Henry Barmao, Edward Mwamburi, Daniel Kibenei, Solomon Makau, Peter Mwanzia, Joseph Kodi, Titus Muvea, Douglas Kanja, Patrick Obimo, Patrick Lumumba, Eunice Kihoko, Mwivanda, Situma of Kenya Police were promoted to AIG.

Eusabius Laibuta, Joseph Musyoki, Washington Ajwoga, Rashid Yakub, and Jacob Mukiri in APS were promoted to AIG.

Those in Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) promoted to the rank of AIG include Gideon Kibunja, Samuel Nyabengi, Michael Barasa, Francis Njiru, Henry Ondiek, Peris Muthoni, Ambrose Munyasia, Pius Macharia, John Gachomo, Sospeter Mwinyi, David Cheruiyot and Charles Muthusi.

Those promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police according to the commission included Owino, Omari, Kuraru, Dismas Nyakundi, James Akoru, Paul Soi, Charles Karege, Dhado Kakawa, Chrispus Mutahi, Kazungu, Ngere, Njoka, Gitahi Kanyeki, Asenath Kithuka of APS and John Kariuki and Danson Diru of DCI.

When we contacted the Inspector General of Police for a comment he maintained that the list sent out from Police Headquarters was a true reflection of what was agreed in the meeting.

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