, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 2 – Retired Major-General Joseph Nkaissery – the Orange Democratic Movement lawmaker for Kajiado Central – has been nominated to become Kenya’s next Interior Minister.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement on Tuesday as he also announced that he had accepted the retirement of David Kimaiyo as Inspector General of Police.
“Further to this, I have nominated Hon. Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the new Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government. I hope the National Assembly will expedite the process of his vetting and approval,” President Kenyatta said in his address to the nation.
President Kenyatta did not mention the fate of Joseph ole Lenku during his speech. There is likelihood of Lenku’s re-deployment, or full exit from the Cabinet.
Born in 1949, Nkaissery served as an Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Defense in the Kibaki coalition government.
There was a stir in Parliament where Nkaissery was attending a session when colleagues started congratulating him, after one of them said he had received a 411 SMS alert message confirming the appointment.
Nkaissery told the MPs he would consult the people of Kajiado Central over the nomination.
“I am still a member of Kajiado Central, I am still a member of ODM, Kenya is our homeland I have to consult the great people of Kajiado Central,” Nkaissery said as ODM colleagues asked him to also consult their party.
In August this year, the Jubilee Government appointed Major General Philip Kameru at the helm of the National Intelligence Service following the exit of former boss Major (retired) General Michael Gichangi.
In the same month, Retired Major General Gordon Kihalangwa was appointed as the Director of Immigration.
Nkaissery’s appointment came hours after the country woke up to heartbreaking news of 36 people butchered by the Al Shabaab terror group in Mandera.
The killings also came days after 28 people were killed in the same area while travelling in a bus.