Kenyatta criticised for firing police chiefs


LEFT: Former Deputy Inspector-General of Police Grace Kaindi. RIGHT: President Uhuru

The Kenya National Police Service Commission this week made major changes dropping and moving senior police officers barely a week after Ms Grace Kaindi was replaced as deputy inspector-general of police.

She was nominated to an ambassadorial position.

In the new changes, Gideon Kimilu has been dropped as deputy director criminal investigations and replaced by Joseph Ashimala.

Traffic Commandant Charlton Muriithi was also dropped and Ms Jacinta Kinyua appointed to head the department.

Former Nairobi County Police Commander Benson Kibue is the new director of operations at Vigilance House taking over from Phillip Ndolo who has been moved to head the Kenya Airports Police Unit.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Joel Mboya Kitili as acting deputy inspector-general.


Former Prime Minister and CORD leader, Raila Odinga, says President Uhuru Kenyatta has subjected the nation to a charade it does not deserve and which could easily have been avoided by obeying the law.

He said the appointment of acting Deputy Inspector General of Police is unconstitutional because the law provides for the appointment of a substantive office holder in all constitutional offices.

“You can’t have an acting Attorney General, Acting Controller of Budget. By this unconstitutional action, the president has circumvented all the constitutional limitations to his powers. He has no authority to empower people to act in constitutional offices,” Raila pointed out.

He says the National Police Service Act is clear that one of the three top positions in police has to be a woman noting that the “excuse that there was no senior woman is utter nonsense since the Act only requires the person to be superintendent of police and above and at least 15 years in the Police Service. There are many women with this qualification in the Service”.

He said the Cabinet Secretary usurped the powers of the IG of Police by transferring officers because the command and control of the police is an exclusive constitutional jurisdiction of the IG.

“The CS can only issue policy guidelines. He cannot run the force. The law aside, I have serious objections to the kind of treatment Mrs. Grace Kaindi has been subjected to in the process of being removed from office.”

“The manner of her removal from office is not only disrespectful and inhuman but it also sends very wrong and worrying signals to all public servants toiling for our nation.”

He asked President Kenyatta and his Jubilee administration to stop living in denial and accept that Kenyans spoke in 2010 and approved a new Constitution that spells out new ways of conducting public affairs, including appointment and dismissal of public officers.

“President Kenyatta and Jubilee must stop hoping that they can reverse the clock and rule the nation in the same way their mentors ruled. We shall not allow the era of primitive governance to haunt our nation again.”

Raila swore not to allow the country and its officers to be subjected to disgrace just because “a clique is resisting change and praying for a return to the era of their mentors”.

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