NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 11 – Joseph Boinett has assumed office as Kenya’s Inspector General of Police after being sworn-in by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga on Wednesday.
The swearing-in was witnessed by various top government officials among them the Attorney General, Githu Muigai.
“Having been appointed as the Inspector General of the National Police Service under the National Police Service Act 2011, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Constitution and the President of Kenya without favour or affection, malice or ill will.”
“That I will at all times do the utmost to preserve peace and prevent offences against the peace, that while I shall continue to hold the said office to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all duties thereof faithfully according to the Constitution…So help me God,” he affirmed.
After the swearing-in ceremony, the new police chief was to take over from acting Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi at Jogoo House.
Handing over of instruments of power will take place later since Boinett left soon after to join President Uhuru Kenyatta in a forum at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.
He comes into office at a time when there have been claims of corruption that have affected performance in the police service.
During his vetting by joint committees of the National Assembly and the Senate, Boinett assured that his focus will be to change the National Police Service to meet the expectations of Kenyans and more so eliminate corruption.
“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.
He plans 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.
Boinett, 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 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.
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 then National Security Intelligence Service (later renamed NIS) in 1998.
Other than internal issues like command structure of the police service, he is expected to confront the persistent threat of terror in the county.
On December 2, the first Inspector General of police David Kimaiyo announced his retirement from the National Police Service on what he termed as personal grounds amid growing calls for his resignation over continued terror attacks.
“It has reached a time that I now take leave as an officer who has served for the last 34 years in one line of duty. I joined the service when I was 20 years old and nobody has forced me to retire,” he stated.
During this period, the country had consistently been attacked by terrorist, a fact that is believed to have contributed to his early retirement.
It was hours after terrorists butchered 36 Kenyans who were asleep in tents at a quarry located at Koromey area, Mandera.