NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has demanded the resignation of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku and Police Chief David Kimaiyo within two weeks.
LSK Chairman Eric Mutua said if the two fail to quit, the society will institute judicial or constitutional proceedings to eject them from office because they have failed to protect Kenyans.
“It is for this reason that the LSK calls for the immediate resignation of Inspector General of Police Mr Kimaiyo and the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Mr Ole Lenku. The spate of violence and attack witnessed over the last three months is testimony that the two have either no control over the security situation or are the wrong personnel,” Mutua opined.
The IG enjoys security of tenure but can be sacked through a decision of a tribunal formed to investigate allegations made against him. He can also opt to resign.
Lenku on the other hand can resign by delivering a written statement of resignation to the President. The President may re-assign him duties, or dismiss him from office. The dismissal can be made if required to do so by a resolution adopted by Parliament.
According to Mutua, Lenku and Kimaiyo have totally failed, citing a series of attacks right from the Westgate siege in September last year that left 67 people dead, and others that occurred in Nairobi and the Coastal region.
“The attack in Mpeketoni area of Lamu (irrespective of who planned and executed it) tells us as a nation that our security apparatus machinery and personnel is either incompetent or incapacitated,” Mutua said.
Lenku and Kimaiyo are blamed for failing to do their work, leading to attacks such as the ones that occurred in Mpeketoni on Sunday and Monday night – leaving at least 60 people dead.
Lenku has blamed the attacks on the Opposition’s political activities and warned that action will be taken against leaders found to have incited the public.
The Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabaab has however claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying it is in retaliation to the continued stay of Kenya’s military in Somalia.