NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on Thursday appointed new commanders for Garissa County following the recent attack that left 148 people dead.
He selected Shedrack Maithya as Garissa Police Commander while Nicholas Maina will serve as the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) in the county.
The appointments came after seven top police chiefs in the country were suspended pending a probe into possible security lapses.
Also suspended were Northeastern Regional coordinator Ernest Munyi, Garissa County Commissioner Njenga Miiri.
A security expert earlier on Wednesday asked the government to take the further step of charging those who may have led to security lapses.
In an interview with Capital FM News, Security expert Retired Major Bashir Abdullaih said suspending the officers was not enough without them being held accountable through a court process.
Boinnet further announced appointment of a five member team to investigate possible failures that led to the attack on April 2.
The team will be lead by Head of Operations at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Mohamed Amin.
Top of its mandate is to investigate why the Garissa Country Security team failed to stop the terror attack despite them having been warned that it was imminent.
The five investigators will work jointly with five prosecutors appointed by Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko also on Thursday.
The new changes and the investigations are part of the efforts made to address the mishaps that led to the Garissa University College attack.