, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 10 – The Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations has approved the nomination of Major General Philip Kameru as the Director General of the National Intelligence Services (NIS).
In supporting his appointment, the committee says Major-General Kameru who is the current Director of Military Intelligence exhibited impressive knowledge of topical issues touching on the national intelligence docket.
“The nominee was keen on making positive proposals on how to move the NIS forward.”
“Having considered the suitability, capacity and integrity of the nominee, the Departmental Committee on Defence and Foreign Relations therefore recommends that this House approves the nomination and subsequent appointment of the Major General Philip Wachira Kameru to serve as Director-General of NIS,” the committee report tabled in Parliament says.
Only one member of the 29-man committee objected to the appointment arguing that it risks demotivating officers in NIS who are working to progress their careers.
The member who is not named in the report noted that the Executive seemed keen to militarise government departments pointing at the appointment of Retired Major-General Gordon Kihalangwa as the Director of Immigration Services.
During his approval hearing held last Tuesday, the Director of Military Intelligence pledged to fight terrorism and to obey the law in the course of his duty and also vowed to revamp the NIS into an effective outfit that will firmly deal with the emerging global challenges.
Major-General Kameru, (who is set to replace Michael Gichangi who resigned last month), said his experience as the Head of Military Intelligence, would give him a head start in transforming the country’s spy agency.
He vowed to crack down on the recruitment of Kenyans joining Al Shabaab training camps in Somalia.
The House was expected to hold a special sitting on Wednesday afternoon to allow members to debate and approve the committee’s findings.
House Speaker Justin Muturi adjourned House Business in the morning to allow MPs to familiarise themselves with the report which was tabled by the committee chairman Ndung’u Gethenji.