, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 26 – “It is indeed true that I am a very kind person, quite calm and even reserved… but that is the face that you see. Behind that, is a very hard man,” the incoming Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett told the joint committee of the National Assembly and Senate on security.
“All those attributes have been poured to me because I do not tolerate nonsense from anybody; I do not accept mediocrity.”
Boinett told the committee during his vetting on Thursday that his priority in office will be to fight impunity and corruption within the police service which is said to have contributed to rising insecurity in the country.
“I intend to confront those entrenched cultures of impunity, human rights abuse and corruption head on and I am ready for whatever consequences,” he warned.
Boinett said he intends to streamline the police service to ensure law enforcers perform their task efficiently through adopting three major initiatives meant revamp the ailing security sector in the country.
He plans to have collaborative leadership in a bid to ensure everyone perform their duty through consistent structured dialogue, engagement with members of the public and encourage the culture of communication both internally and with other external security agencies.
Boinett was tasked to explain how intends to tackle various challenges facing the security sector in the country with issues of corruption, terrorism, cattle rustling, police capacity and illegal groupings in the country being extensively covered.
On terrorism, he said he will act as a bridge between the National Intelligence Service where he is currently the Assistant Director of Intelligence and the National Police Service in a bid to get rid of the mistrust between the two services.
Police have been accused of not acting on intelligence or ignoring warnings, a matter he said will be a thing of the past.
“I intend to employ intelligence led policing and rational use of available resources however meagre they may be,” he stated.
Committee members pointed out the killings of a 100 people in Mpeketoni area in Lamu County and also the Westgate attack as incidences where police failed to act early despite receiving intelligence of the imminent attacks.
Boinett however attributed this, “to mistrust” among the members of the two services saying, “It’s because they did not understand the role of each sector.”
As a result of terror attacks in the country, 312 people were killed in Kenya between 2012 and 2014, according to a police report released on Wednesday.
Police say terror attacks in the 24 months also left 779 people injured, with counties bordering Somalia being the worst hit.
The year 2014 had the highest number of deaths resulting from terror attacks at 173, with Lamu County accounting for 67 deaths, while Mandera saw 64 people killed.
READ: 300 people killed in Kenya terror attacks over two years
The new Inspector General is also tasked with the duty of reducing the rate of crime in the country.
According to the police report, there were 69,736 crime incidents recorded countrywide in 2014, representing a decrease of 2,456 compared to 2013.
On cattle rustling, he will call for a home grown solution instead of a “top-down decision.”
He was also tasked to explain on how he intends to use the immense powers bestowed in the position of an Inspector General of police without infringing on human rights.
Boinett has been serving at the National Intelligence Service and if approved will replace David Kimaiyo who retired in the wake of Al Shabaab attacks before he was named the Kenya Airports Authority Chairman.
The 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 Westminster.
He also has a degree in international studies and diplomacy from the Washington University and other qualifications in strategic, public management and leadership development.
The Joint Committee of the National Assembly and Senate on security will retreat on Sunday to deliberate whether to recommend his approval or rejection.