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Boinnet moves 43 top cops in major shuffle

Kinyuru Munuhe @kinyurumunuhe

Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has announced far reaching changes involving 43 senior police commanders in a move aimed at bolstering national security and instilling professionalism within the service. Of key significant is the return of Samuel Kimaru to the tainted Traffic Unit as the commandant, replacing Jacinta Muthoni, who has been posted to head the directorate of police reforms.

Principal Deputy Inspector General King’ori Mwangi has been posted as the new Kiganjo Police Training College commandant and has been replaced by the current Nairobi Police commander Japheth Koome. Kimaru, previously headed the Police Traffic Unit during the Transport Minister John Michuki tenure when the government successfully transformed the transport sector across the country.

He was however, fought and removed by the so-called cartels in the matatu sector after Michuki’s ouster. The transport sector has since then returned to the dark old days as anarchy and corruption reign supreme with accidents soaring to an unprecedented level.

Through the Deputy Inspector General, Kenya Police Service Edward Mbugua moved two Senior Assistant Inspector General of Police (SAIG), 14 Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs), six Commissioners of Police (CPs), 15 Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and five Superintendent of Police (SPs).

William Saiya and Peter Mwanzia both from police headquarters Vigilance House have been seconded to Interior ministry alongside Central Regional commander Gideon Amalla. “I have approved the following transfers that take effect immediately.”

Mbugua said through a circular dated February 14, 2018. At the same time, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti has appointed Musa Yego to head Flying Squad while Pius Gitari to head the Special Crime Prevention Unit.

Kinoti also transferred Henry Ondiek to head the CID Training School, John Gachomo as the Eastern Regional CID Coordinator, Violet Makhanu (Nyanza Coordinator), Paul Leting (Lamu CCIO) and Joseph Ng’ang’a to head Coast region as a replacement of Pius Macharia who proceeds on terminal leave. Koome will be succeeded by outgoing Anti-Stock Theft Unit Commandant Joseph Ole Tito as the Nairobi county police boss.

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