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Uhuru sacks Kaindi in police shuffle, appoints her envoy

Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi has been bundled out of the Kenya Police Service. President Uhuru Kenyatta last evening appointed Kaindi an ambassador while her position will be held in acting capacity by Joel Kitili.

According to State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu, Kitili, who is the current General Service Unit (GSU) commandant, will hold the position until the substantive process of appointing the next DIG takes place.

“To ensure smooth transition in the National Police Service, President has nominated Joel Kitili as acting Deputy Inspector General of Police,” Manoah said in his Tweet last evening.

But the statement was silent on Kaindi’s diplomatic station. Also affected is the director of National Counter Terrorism Centre Isaac Ochieng, who was appointed ambassador and his place taken up by Martin Kimani, formerly at the United Nations, Nairobi office.

Joel Kitili
Joel Kitili

“Further, in an effort to consolidate the government’s efforts to combat terrorism and counter violent extremism, I have appointed Ambassador Martin Kimani as the Director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre.

I have also nominated Isaac Ochieng to serve as Ambassador of Kenya,” the Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) said in a statement later in the evening.

President Uhuru made the changes after a meeting with Interior Cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery, his Principal Secretary Monicah Juma, Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chair Johnstone Kavuludi at State House, Mombasa.

Speculation has been rife over Kaindi’s imminent exit from the NPSC after the commission served her with notice to retire in October this year. Kaindi, who was supposed to have proceeded on terminal leave in July pending her retirement three months later, however, contested the decision arguing that her contract was not pegged on retirement age.

Three months ago, she reportedly wrote to the Kavuludi-led commission contesting the decision and insisted that she was to serve her entire five-year contract that was to end in 2018. The DIG has been accused of among other issues, high handedness, tribalism and incompetence .

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