NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – Parliament has approved the appointment of Joseph Kipchirchir Boinett as the Inspector General of Police.
The National Assembly and the Senate voted in favour of a report by a joint security committee despite some members expressing reservations over Boinett’s ability to resolve the deteriorating security situation in the country.
While the National Assembly voted unanimously in support of the report, the Senate did not. The opposition Senators attempted to call for a division but could not reach the required number as only 11 members stood up.
Following the approval, the President is expected to within seven days after receiving the notification from the house; through a gazette notice appoint the nominee as Inspector General of the National Police Service.
During debate in the National Assembly, Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo (Gem) supported Boinett’s appointment expressing hope that the constant wrangles pitting the Administration Police against regular Police would be resolved.
“When people are angry at a government, it cannot function. The security situation in the country needs to be resolved sooner than later,” said Midiwo.
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandai objected the report’s recommendations saying the issue of Boinett’s paperwork particularly education needed further scrutiny. The debate in the Senate was more charged as more Senators disputed the committee’s findings on Boinett’s ability to lead the Police docket which is struggling to shake-off corruption.
Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) said, “Intelligence Officers describe Boinett as an introvert, a poor intelligence analyst who needs supervision.”
Soon after the news that Parliament had approved his appointment, Boinett through his @JBoinett Twitter handle thanked the President for nominating him to the position and the legislators for approving him while also promising to serve all Kenyans without discrimination.
“As the 2nd Inspector General of Police, I promise to serve all Kenyans without discrimination—I thank the honorable members for approving my nomination,” read part of the tweet.
Boinett will replace David Kimaiyo who retired following deterioration of the country’s security after more than 60 people were killed in Mandera late last year.
Kimaiyo has since been appointed as the Kenya Airports Authority Chairman.