, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 18 – The National Assembly on Thursday approved the appointment of Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of the National Government.
The Kajiado Central Member of Parliament was highly praised as the man capable of restoring the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Legislators from both sides of the House accepted his appointment but due to the tension over the anti-terror law, they did not debate his appointment and instead rushed it through.
Leader of Minority Francis Nyenze led the Opposition in accepting his appointment while asking him to deal with rampant corruption in the security sector.
“He will be able to steer the war against terror by acting on timely intelligent report,” he stated. “He is a former head of intelligence reports in the military.”
He said the country will experience a new beginning under his leadership in the security sector saying, “he has impeccable education records.”
The Orange Democratic Movement lawmaker was nominated on December 2 as the next Interior Minister.
President Uhuru Kenyatta made the announcement as he also announced that he had accepted the retirement of David Kimaiyo as Inspector General of Police.
Born in 1949, Nkaissery served as an Assistant Minister in the Ministry of Defence in the Kibaki coalition government.
His appointment comes as the country continues to face security threats from the Somali based Al-Shabaab militias.
Over a hundred Kenyans have been killed across the country with the latest attack being in Mandera where 36 people were killed.
He will also be the man responsible of implementing the now passed Security Laws (Amendment) Bill 2014
Some of the key provisions in the Bill include giving the National Intelligence Service (NIS) power to arrest, detain and interrogate suspected terrorists, the removal of security of tenure for the Inspector General of Police, the deputies and also the Director of Criminal Investigation thereby giving the President the power to appoint and allowing the admissibility of digital photographs in court.