NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17- The National Police Service Commission on Wednesday announced new changes affecting senior CID officers across the country which are aimed at restoring the soaring insecurity situation.
Areas where changes have been made include Garissa, Wajir and Mandera in northern Kenya where new CID bosses have been posted after increased threats from Al Shabaab militants.
Boniface Mwaniki, a former head of the Anti-Terror Police Unit is the new CID boss for Garissa County where Al Shabaab launched an attack at a university, killing 148 people in April. Said Baruk will be in charge of Mandera County.
Keri Nyawida has been named Wajir County CID boss with a brief to crack down on militant cells which operate in the region.
William Nanguli has also been moved from Makadara to Mombasa County, another troubled region where terrorists have previously launched attacks.
The new head of the Bomb Disposal unit is Eliud Langat while Onesmus Towett has been moved from Kwale County to CID headquarters and Amos Teben is the new CID commander for Kisii.
The changes announced by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet also affect areas like Nairobi Central, Kwale, Murang’a and Ngong among other areas.
The changes come as security apparatus remain on high alert following intelligence report indicating that Al-Shabaab militia were targeting the country during the Holy month of Ramadhan.
Among the targeted areas according to Boinnet include various government and learning institutions, markets, shopping malls, religious institutions and journalists who report negatively about them.
Police presence, he said, has especially been enhanced in the coastal region, Nairobi and the North Eastern parts of the country as they remain prone.
“Some of their wicked plans include targeting key Government installations, security personnel, journalists who report negatively about them and other Kenyans in order to sow discord amongst the citizens,” he pointed out.
The IG called on the public to avail any security information to police in a bid to ensure the country remains safe.
“Some of the evil designs the Al- Shabaab is doing include; sowing discord among peace loving Kenyans especially in the North Eastern region in furtherance of its evil agenda of alienating the region and seeking to interrupt government development programs in the region by giving false promises to the residents that by driving out non-Muslims, the region will prosper,” he lamented.