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Kaindi withdraws case contesting retirement

GRACE-KAINDINAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 16 – Grace Kaindi has withdrawn a suit challenging her retirement as Deputy Inspector General of the National Police Service.

The new instructions are containing in a notice filed by J. Oduor and Company Advocates.

Kaindi pointed out that she will now pursue other avenues in seeking redress.

“Grace Kaindi has instructed us to withdraw the suit herein as she pursues other avenues for redress. Kindly but urgently let the matter be marked as withdrawn,” the notice stated.

She was retired and offered a diplomatic posting before her position was handed over to Joel Kitili who formerly headed the General Service Unit.

The former Deputy Inspector General of Police had filed a legal challenge to overturn her removal by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

She went to court claiming that her removal from the police service and subsequent appointment as an ambassador meant the government had ignored the law.

Kaindi claimed that a Deputy Inspector General cannot be fired without following due process and accused the government’s legal advisor, Attorney-General Githu Muigai, and the National Police Service Commission of violating the Constitution and the law on the National Police Service.

She had also said that the decision to remove her was never put in writing and, therefore, the directive to sack her was an illegal roadside declaration.

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She accused President Kenyatta of violating the commission’s powers and challenged the fact that her replacement did not consider the two-thirds gender rule required by the Constitution.

Kaindi alleged that her office is a constitutional one and that she was appointed through a competitive process by the National Police Service and had insisted that her five-year contract ends in 2018 and hence the purported transfer violated her terms of employment.

She was vetted and approved by Parliament before the President appointed her Deputy Inspector General of police in 2013.

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