, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 8 – President Mwai Kibaki has unveiled a 14-member committee led by Kenya Airways Managing Director Titus Naikuni to implement police reforms.
Members of the committee include the Attorney General Amos Wako, Permanent Secretaries Francis Kimemia (Internal Security), Mohammed Isahakia (Office of the Prime Minister), Amina Mohammed (Justice), Joseph Kinyua (Finance) and the Director General of the National Security Intelligence Service (NSIS) Michael Gichangi.
Others are Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere, Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua, Chairman Kenya Law Reform Commission, Executive Director of the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis and the Chairperson of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR).
Victor Okioma and Musyimi Muneeno will serve as joint secretaries.
A gazette notice signed by President Kibaki and dated January 8 gives the committee the mandate of co-opting other members whose competences and experience it considers necessary for the performance of its functions.
The committee’s key mandate will be to supervise and provide technical guidance and facilitation for the implementation of police reforms.
“It will also review, identify quick wins and prioritise recommendations contained in the National Task Force for immediate implementation,” the Gazette notice states in part.
The formation of the implementation committee is in line with the recommendations made by Justice (rtd) Philip Ransley who chaired the Task Force on Police Reforms which handed its report to President Kibaki late last year.
The report outlines a wide-ranging implementation strategy and plan which will cost Sh80 billion.
President Kibaki said in the Gazette notice that the committee will be responsible for mobilising resources from national and international sources for implementation of the reforms.
He has also given the committee powers to get mandatory cooperation from the police, state officials and civil servants.
“It will also have powers to follow up on recommendations, in particular requiring feedback on implementation within specified time and power to enforce implementation of decisions,” the Gazette notice states.
The committee will serve a period of one year, “or for such longer period as the President may, by notice in the Gazette prescribe.”