NAIROBI, Kenya Apr 21 – Elijah Ochieng Achoch, a career civil servant has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Police Service Commission.
Achoch formerly served as the director of the Transformative Civil Service department at the office of the former prime minister Raila Odinga.
He emerged winner after beating nine other candidates interviewed for the post by members of the police commission.
Sources at the commission said Achoch was set to report on Monday to take up his position. The appointment was made on Friday.
He is a certified public secretary who has served in various government ministries and departments.
His job description mainly includes running administrative work for the commission
The police commission has been at logger heads with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo over their mandate, with each accusing the other of interference.
While the constitution is clear that the police commission headed by Johnstone Kavuludi is responsible in hiring, transferring and even sacking police officers, Kimaiyo is reported to have been lobbying to have an amendment made to transfer the powers to him.
Last week, the commission was at state house alongside members of the national police service led by Kimaiyo.
Informed sources have told Capital FM News that the controversy was discussed at length, with the president saying he needs to see reforms in the security country’s sector implemented but not a change of the existing reforms.
Wrangles between the two bodies have been blamed for the growing level of insecurity in the country which prompted the president to direct Kimaiyo to urgently visit Garissa and end insecurity in the border town.
This follows the killing of ten people shot dead at a restaurant in the town and a series of other previous attacks there.
On Saturday, Kimaiyo toured the region while accompanied by Internal Security Permanent Secretary Mutea Iringo and other senior police officers.
After the tour, Kimaiyo told Capital FM News that he had ordered regional police chiefs to take charge of the investigations on recent attacks and form specialised units charged with tracking down terror groups operating in the region.
The president had demanded to be given a conclusive report on Sunday.
Available statistics show that more than 150 people have been killed and many more injured in attacks orchestrated by gunmen associated with Al Shabaab in border towns of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera.
A source told Capital FM News that Kimaiyo was considering proposing to the National Police Service to transfer several officers from North Eastern and post new ones with specific mandates on how to tackle insecurity in the region.