37 top cops shuffled amid go-slow

July 21, 2011 10:06 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya July 21 – Buru Buru divisional police Chief Jacinta Wesonga is among 37 senior police officers moved in a reshuffle announced by Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere on Thursday amid an ongoing go-slow over salary increment.

Ms Wesonga, a Senior Superintendent of Police has been moved to Subukia where she will serve in the same capacity.

A list of the transfers seen by Capital News shows she will be replaced in Buru Buru by Hassan Barua who is currently in charge of the Weigh Bridge department.

Other notable changes include that of Malindi OCPD David Kerina who has been transferred to Central Provincial Police headquarters in Nyeri and his position is taken over by Gatundu OCPD Wellington Choka.

Peter Katamu who is currently serving at the North Eastern Provincial Police headquarters is the new OCPD for Gatundu.

In the changes, Mr Iteere also created a new police division in Nyandarua South and dispatched Jimmy Munene from Police headquarters to man it.

Previously the area was under the jurisdiction of the greater Nyandarua—covering seven districts—which is headed by Jasper Ombati.

The Police Commissioner said the changes are normal and are meant to improve service delivery to the people.

Mr Charles Munyori was also moved from Samburu Central District to Police headquarters.

His deputy Morris Asila has been promoted to the rank of Senior Superintendent and named to takeover from him as OCPD while Beatrice Kiraguri of Traffic headquarters in Nairobi moves to Loitoktok as the area OCPD.

The changes also affect other senior officers from the rank of Senior Superintendent of Police to Inspectors mainly in Nairobi, Mombasa, Rift Valley, Central and Western Provinces.

Last month, Police headquarters moved some 400 police officers mainly from the CID units were transferred, triggering a rift between the Personnel department at Vigilance House and their counterparts at the CID headquarters at Mazingira.

Informed sources told Capital News at the time that the CID Director Ndegwa Muhoro was not pleased with the changes because his office was not consulted.

A few of the transfers affecting officers perceived to be core in some cases were revoked while others went on as stated in a directive sent to provinces from the Personnel department at Police headquarters.


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