NAIROBI, Kenya, May 19 — The fate of Provincial Police chiefs hangs in the balance after Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo declared them non-existent.
Kimaiyo says the PPO and PCIO’s positions and those of the formation commanders had ceased to exist immediately after the March 4 General Election.
It is Kimaiyo’s conviction that lack of proper structures in the police is to blame for the high crime rate experienced in the country — particularly – in Western, North Eastern, Coast and the capital Nairobi.
In documents seen by Capital FM News, Kimaiyo explains that all those positions will now be replaced by the yet to be appointed County Commanders to be deployed in all the 47 regions.
“It is imperative that the police establishments conform to the new dispensation which includes devolution of police services to the Counties. The Commands at the Provincial level are automatically dissolved,” said Kimaiyo in the documents.
The move is likely to elicit mixed reaction and possible resentment — considering the police chief relies on the very PPOs and PCIOs to run the service.
On a daily basis, it is the provincial police chiefs who brief the Inspector General of Police on the dynamics of security in their regions as relayed to them by divisional police chiefs.
The 47 County Commanders are yet to be appointed after an advertisement inviting applicants was placed in local newspapers.
The provincial police chiefs are also eligible to apply for the new titles as long as they meet the minimum requirements spelled out in the advertisement placed by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).
Most of the commanders are however likely to miss out on the new positions since they do not meet the minimum qualification set out in the advertisement — an undergraduate degree.
Kimaiyo is also proposing the establishment of 13 new directorates.
They include the Internal Affairs, Police Reforms, Administration, Finance and Planning, Operations Audit and Human Capital Management directorates at national level.
Others to be created in his office are directorates to manage (police) operations, logistics, personnel, planning development and research, reforms, inspections, community policing, gender and child protection.
Kimaiyo’s proposal will be determined by the NPSC in which he is am ex-oficio member.
He has been at loggerheads with the commission after protesting that his powers were taken away by the constitutional commission.
Already, the government has commenced a spirited attempt to amend the NPSC and the National Police Service Acts to streamline the powers enjoyed by each.