, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 9 – Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery on Tuesday downplayed the alleged differences between the National Police Service and the National Police Service Commission over the recent promotions of police officers.
This is after the commission and the police boss released two different promotion lists, but the CS says they will be reviewed to ensure only the right officers are listed.
“During our meeting, it was clear that there was no conflict whatsoever,” he stated. “It was agreed that the decision of the commission on promotions will be released after verification and confirmation to avoid unnecessary speculation.”
He was speaking after meeting the IG of Police Joseph Boinnet and the commission’s chairperson Johnson Kavuludi.
Nkaissery said the current problem emerged from a miscommunication between the board and the secretariat, saying already measures have been put in place to ensure such a mistake does not recur in the future.
The list from police headquarters omitted several names of senior officers who had been promoted to the rank of Acting Inspector General of Police as shown in Kavuludi’s list.
The list from police headquarters omitted names of Charles Owino (Kenya Police spokesperson), Mary Omari, Noah Mwivanda, Fred Situma, Rosemary Kuraru, Jackson Kazungu, Jebel Ngere and Gitari Njoka who had been elevated to a new rank of the Acting Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) as shown in Kavuludi’s list.
Nairobi County Police Chief Japheth Koome, Noor Gabow, Henry Barmao, Edward Mwamburi, Daniel Kibenei, Solomon Makau, Peter Mwanzia, Joseph Kodi, Titus Muvea, Douglas Kanja, Patrick Obimo, Patrick Lumumba, Eunice Kihoko, Mwivanda, Situma of Kenya Police were promoted to AIG.
Eusabius Laibuta, Joseph Musyoki, Washington Ajwoga, Rashid Yakub, and Jacob Mukiri in APS were promoted to AIG.
Those in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) promoted to the rank of AIG include Gideon Kibunjah, Samuel Nyabengi, Michael Barasa, Francis Njiru, Henry Ondiek, Peris Muthoni, Ambrose Munyasia, Pius Macharia, John Gachomo, Sospeter Mwinyi, David Cheruiyot and Charles Muthusi.
Those promoted to the rank of Commissioner of Police according to the commission included Owino, Omari, Kuraru, Dismas Nyakundi, James Akoru, Paul Soi, Charles Karege, Dhado Kakawa, Chrispus Mutahi, Kazungu, Ngere, Njoka, Gitahi Kanyeki, Asenath Kithuka of APS and John Kariuki and Danson Diru of DCI.
“There was never any two lists,” Kavuludi asserted saying the commission will be “able to seat down and harmonise to ensure that the communication is proper.”