Battle looms as Uhuru seeks power to choose Police bosses
11 December 2014, 07:59
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta is seeing express power to be able to choose the country's police boss as well as other top security chiefs to fight terrorism.
In a meeting with members of parliament and the senate from his Jubilee coalition Wednesday, the president and his deputy William Ruto put out a plea to their members to back a bill proposing to have the Inspector General of Police's office denied security of tenure so as to allow him fire and hire persons he deems suitable for the job.
He said that he wants to fight insecurity but does not have the tools to do so, especially as he cannot directly influence whatever is going on at the IG's office.
The bill, which will be tabled in the house next week, seeks to have security of tenure removed from the IG's office, his two deputies, the National Intelligence Services NIS boss as well as the Director of Criminal Investigation DCI offices.
" The president specifically stated the issue with the recently retired IG David Kimaiyo, who he couldn't sack in-spite of the current state of insecurity," a source at the meeting said.
The move follows increased pressure on the president over insecurity after over 60 people died in Mandera in the last two weeks after attacks by terror group Al Shabaab.
It is expected that there will be stiff opposition to the bill by the opposition, as the move will once again see the executive enhanced in power, something that the current constitution openly sought out to avoid.
ODM leader Raila Odinga has previously stated that they will not allow interference on the police docket from the executive.
" It is the sole reason in which we pushed for security of tenure because we do not want interference in the security docket. We want it to remain as independent as possible, he stated earlier in the year.
Kimaiyo has yet to be replaced as IG, with the law stating that a three month window be allowed to choose a successor.
His interim replacement will likely be chosen next week, with assistants Grace Kaindi and Samuel Arachi the most likely to be promoted.
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