October 23, 2018

ODM Protests New Police Service Appointments


By Calvin Osiemo

The Orange Democratic Party has said that the changes in the Police Service are unconstitutional. ODM members have more specifically raised concern over the replacement of Deputy Inspector General Grace Kaindi from office with Mr Joseph Kitili in an acting capacity. The reshuffling has raised eyebrows from different quarters based on the fact that Ms. Kaindi’s replacement did not take into consideration the one third gender rule as stated in the constitution. The rule states that at least one of the three top police bosses should be a woman. ODM party chair John Mbadi has since asked Ms. Kaindi to ignore the changes and maintain her position.

“The President is the Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces and not the National Police Service. He has no power to fire Ms. Kaindi,” said Mr Mbadi.

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Nkaissery said that the changes in the force were supposed to be internal and low key but they had to announce changes to enhance cooperation between the junior and senior officers in the police force nationally.

“Ordinarily this would be an internal administrative process that is not announced publicly. However, in the light of the need to signal a shift in the administration of the National Government and its coordination function I hereby announce the deployments. The President issued an Executive Order to cohere the functioning of National Government from the lowest to the highest levels. This structure is also key to responding effectively to the current security threats facing us.” Said the CS.

Johnstone Kavuludi, the National Police Service Commission chair defended the move by the President to announce the changes saying that Ms. Grace Kaindi had reached the normal retirement age which is 60 years. He said following a retirement application of Kaindi from IG Boinnet, the request was approved.

“The DIG (Ms Kaindi) was not removed from service. The position fell vacant upon retirement. Whenever that happens the vacancy has to be filled, the commission has embarked on a process to fill the position, while Mr. Kitili occupies it in an acting capacity as required by law.” said Mr Kavuludi.

Ms. Grace Kaindi has been appointed as an Ambassador but the country of her posting has not been disclosed yet.

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