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Maj-Gen Kameru takes oath as Kenya’s top spy

Maj-Gen Kameru (l) and his predecessor Maj-Gen (rtd) Gichangi (r) pose for a photo with the President

Maj-Gen Kameru (l) and his predecessor Maj-Gen (rtd) Gichangi (r) pose for a photo with the President

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 11 – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning witnessed the swearing in of the newly appointed National Intelligence Service Director General, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru and new Air Force Commander Major General Samuel Ng’ang’a Thuita.

The swearing in ceremony conducted by the Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua was also witnessed by the Deputy President William Ruto.

Kameru was sworn in first where he stated that he will do his best to be just and fair during his tenure.

“I, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru do swear that I will do well to serve the Republic of Kenya in the office of the Director General of the National Intelligence Service and that I will do justice in accordance to the Constitution of Kenya as by law established and in accordance with the laws and customs of the Republic without fear, affection favor or ill will so help me God,“ he vowed.

Thuita on the other hand said that he will work hard in his endeavor to serve Kenyans.

President Kenyatta told the new officers to join hands with other government officials in delivering effective and efficient service to Kenyans. Present during the swearing-in ceremony were the Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, and Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo among others.

National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale, Chairman of the Parliamentary Defence Committee Ndungu Gethenji and his deputy Barre Shill also witnessed the ceremony.

The National Assembly on Wednesday approved the nomination of Kameru as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service and that of 25 nominees to serve in various ambassadorial postings.

In a special sitting held on Wednesday, legislators urged the incoming spy chief to use experience as the head of military intelligence, to transform the country’s spy agency.

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House Majority Leader Aden Duale and Minority Deputy Leader Jakoyo Midiwo said he will be expected clean up the image of NIS which appeared to involve itself in political games at the expense of securing the nation.

The NIS and other security agencies have been on the spot following terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, starting with the Westgate Mall attack in September last year to the recent Lamu attacks, where security officers were accused of laxity.

Major-General Kameru’s nomination follows last month’s resignation of Major-General (Rtd) Michael Gichangi.

In supporting his appointment, Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations chairman Ndung’u Gethenji said Major-General Kameru who has been the Director of Military Intelligence exhibited impressive knowledge of topical issues touching on the national intelligence docket.

MPs who contributed to debate said they were convinced Major-General Kameru was the man for the job as he had pledged to provide timely and well thought out intelligence information to aid in reversing youth radicalisation.

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