Raila rejects Kibaki police appointments
Prime Minster Raila Odinga has rejected the appointment of Ndegwa Muhoro as the director of the Criminal Investigation Department.
Raila says the appointment gazetted by the Office of the President on Friday was done before conclusive consultations. In a statement Raila said the Independent Oversight Police Authority had taken issue with Muhoro’s integrity making him unsuitable to steer reform in the force.
Three police appointments were gazette by the Office of the President on Friday.
CID director Ndegwa Muhoro has been confirmed the new Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Commandant of Kenya Airports Police Unit, Grace Kaindi as the new Deputy Inspector General of Police. The current acting Administration Police (AP) commandant Samuel Arachi has been appointed as the Deputy Inspector General of the service.
These new office bearers are expected to stay in office for the next four years as stated by the gazette notice . But Prime Minister Raila Odinga has taken issue with the appointments.
The premier said the appointments were unacceptable and cannot be allowed to proceed.
In a statement Raila has objected the new appointments saying and i quote ‘I had raised my serious objections to the three names that were presented to me in the consultations that were underway.
I had expressed reservations on their integrity, which needs to be unquestioned given the powerful role of the Police in every aspect of the nation’s life, including of course the upcoming elections.’
The Prime Minister also noted that Independent Police Oversight Authority Chairman Macharia Njeru had also written to him and the President indicating that Ndegwa Muhoro who has been confirmed as the new Director of Criminal Investigations should not be considered for any of the upcoming police appointments.