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Maintain professionalism, CJ Maraga urges police

Irene Githinji @gitshee

Chief Justice David Maraga has urged the police to maintain discipline and professionalism in their service to the public. He said that inspite of the challenges that police officers encounter in their line of duty, they should embrace professionalism to gain public confidence.

Maraga made the remarks yesterday after he presided over the swearing-in of two Deputy Inspectors General (DIGs) of Police as members of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC). The two DIGs were named last month in drastic changes to the NPSC announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Edward Njoroge Mbugua is the new DIG in charge of the Kenya Police while Noor Gabow will head the Administration Police.

Njoroge replaced Joel Kitili while Gabow will serve in place of Samuel Arachi. The former DIGs were redeployed to the headquarters. The CJ wished the two new DIGs and the NPSC well as they embark on their duties and particularly improving on the welfare of police officers.

“We commend the work the police are doing but we would like to challenge you to ensure you maintain discipline and professionalism in serving the public,” said the CJ. “The police service in general performs a critical function of maintaining law and order and making sure everything runs smoothly.

I am happy the police are getting information from the public about crime and this can only happen if Kenyans have confidence in the police,” he added. Also present at the function held at Supreme Court was Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and NPSC chairman, Johnston Kavuludi. He welcomed the two into the commission saying they are coming in at an important time when it is ushering in transformation in the force.

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