, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 4 – Joel Kitili who was this week nominated the Deputy Inspector General of Police has eventually taken over after his predecessor Grace Kaindi failed to turn up at the office.
It is understood that the official driver and bodyguards attached to Kaindi were instead asked to pick up Kitili after she declined to hand over to him Thursday without a dismissal letter.
Police officers at Vigilance House confirmed that Kitili reported to the office at 6am Friday.
“The new boss is in the office,” a police officer at Vigilance said, “Kaindi has not shown up today.”
Kaindi who was nominated as an ambassador since Tuesday when President Uhuru Kenyatta made new changes and nominated the GSU Commandant to replace her was in the office until Thursday.
On Thursday evening, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet went there and held talks with her during which she explained her fears of leaving office without a letter.
Boinnet who was accompanied by Kaindi’s successor later left, after agreeing with her that the National Police Service Commission will provide a letter Friday.
It is understood that Kaindi is contesting her new nomination, insisting on being told why she has been forced to retire from the police before the end of her five year contract extension, even though she has attained 60 years.
Kaindi was appointed on January 25, 2013 and insists she was legally due to leave office on January 24, 2018 on completion of her contract, which she says has nothing to do with her age.
Her dismissal is now subject of a court case filed by a civil society activist, Zachary Onsongo, who argues that despite reaching the retirement age of 60, Kaindi enjoyed security of tenure and should have served out her term which was is set to expire in 2018.
Onsongo has also accused President Kenyatta of violating the National Police Service Act which in Section 14(b) stipulates that: “In the entire recruitment and appointment process of the Inspector-General or Deputy Inspector-General, the Commission, Parliament and President, as the case may be, shall ensure that at all times one of the three positions of the Inspector-General and the two Deputy Inspector-Generals is of opposite gender.”
Several other gender-based organisations led by the National Gender and Equality Commission are also citing the act, and have hinted at plans to file separate suits.
The commission’s chairperson Winfred Lichuma on Thursday told Capital FM News that they have already written an advisory to the President and will consider filing a case in court if the nomination is not reversed.
The case is set to be heard inter-partes on Friday after Justice Monica Mbaru certified it urgent and directed that the Attorney General and interested parties be served.
However, it is not everyone defending Kaindi, with organisations such as the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Chairman Macharia Njeru said it had written a letter earlier this year calling for her removal while accusing her of being “incompetent”.