Omtatah in court to block appointment of police boss

January 23, 2015 2:59 pm
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has since nominated Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett to replace outgoing Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo/FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta has since nominated Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett to replace outgoing Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 23 – A concerned citizen is now challenging the decision by Parliament to amend the National Police Service Act, which has accorded the President the mandate to hire and fire the Inspector General of Police.

Human rights activist Okiyah Omtatah is contesting the move by the August House to amend the National Police Service Act which has given powers to the President to single handedly nominate the Inspector General of Police without the input of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and public participation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has since nominated Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett to replace outgoing Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo.

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Omtatah wants the High Court to issue orders stopping Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate from forwarding any resolution to President Kenyatta for the appointment of Boinett.

He argues the President’s irregular nomination of Boinett as the Inspector General of National Police Service denies him and other Kenyans their right to administrative action that is expeditious, efficient, lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair.

He also seeks to have his case heard alongside that lodged by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) challenging the new controversial security laws.

CORD has successfully received conservatory orders on eight clauses that were seen to have questions of human rights.

Efforts by the Government to appeal the decision reached by High Court were on Friday fruitless when the Court of Appeal declined to reinstate the suspended clauses.

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