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Uhuru picks intelligence officer as police boss

Boinett, 52, joined the police service in 1984 and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Superintendent of Police. He was then transferred to the National Intelligence Service in 1998.

Boinett, 52, joined the police service in 1984 and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Superintendent of Police. He was then transferred to the National Intelligence Service in 1998.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 31 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett to replace outgoing Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.

Boinnet, a career policeman who later joined the National Intelligence Service (NIS), holds two Masters Degrees, one in security policy from the Australian National Security University, and another in diplomatic studies from the University of Westminister.

He also has a degree in international studies and diplomacy from the Washington University and other qualifications in strategic, public management and leadership development.

Making the announcement at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta described Boinett as an accomplished public officer “with in-depth knowledge in strategic and security areas drawn from training, and more than 30 years of experience spanning national, continental and international levels.

“In view of these competencies, I am convinced that Boinett will take our National Police Service to the next level,” President Kenyatta said.

He added: “It is my hope that the National Assembly will expediate the process of his vetting and approval.”

Before Boinett is approved by the National Assembly, President Kenyatta has appointed Samuel Arachi as acting Inspector General of Police. Arachi is the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of the Administration Police.

Boinett, 52, joined the police service in 1984 and rose through the ranks to become a Senior Superintendent of Police. He was then transferred to the National Intelligence Service in 1998.

The President also appointed Kimaiyo as chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority.

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Kimaiyo thanked the President for the support he accorded him while he served the National Police Service.

Present at the function were Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, PS Monica Juma and National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnston Kavuludi.

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