NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 19 – David Kimaiyo is poised to become Kenya’s first Inspector General of Police after his name was approved by the Parliamentary Committee on Security.
The committee led by Mount Elgon MP Fred Kapondi vetted Kimaiyo earlier on Wednesday and accepted his nomination.
Kapondi later tabled Kimaiyo’s name in Parliament expressing optimism that he will be approved for appointment during debate on Thursday.
“Having considered the suitability of the nominee, and pursuant to Article 252(2) of the Constitution and section 12 (7)(a) of the National Police Service Act, 2011, the committee recommends that Parliament approves the nomination and subsequent appointment of Mr David Kimaiyo to the post of Inspector-General of the National Police Service,” the report by read Kapondi’s committee indicated.
The chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) Macharia Njeru who made a presentation to the committee said that his team was satisfied that Kimaiyo was the best man for the job.
“We are satisfied beyond any shadow of doubt that he is the right man. He has a strong operational experience, he has served very well in the service and understands the police service well,” the IPOA chairman said in endorsing Kimaiyo.
Njeru however expressed strong opposition to names presented for two deputies saying that the President and Prime Minister failed to adhere to the National Police Service Act on the gender requirement.
“As regards the Deputy Inspectors General, IPOA notes that names have not been formally presented. The authority’s expectation is that express provisions of Section 14 of the National Police Service Act will be adhered to regarding the gender equation,” Njeru added.
President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have nominated CID director Ndegwa Muhoro and acting AP commandant Samuel Arachi for the two positions of deputy inspectors general although their names have not been gazetted.
During his vetting, Kimaiyo told the security committee that he will come up with a comprehensive strategic plan to transform the police force. He said the police service must change in the way it operates.
Kimaiyo who was Director of Operations at Police Headquarters during the 2008 post- election violence said that he will ensure that police are not overwhelmed as they were during the last polls.
“We have already identified the hot spots in the country. We know where there is easy availability of small arms and those are areas to post officers to address the problem,” he stressed.
IPOA’s concern on gender has also been shared by the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) and the Federation of Women Lawers – FIDA.