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I have NO regrets, says Kimaiyo

03 January 2015, 10:05 William Korir

Nairobi - David Kimaiyo is a free soul, or so he would make us believe, after handing over the reigns of the country's police to his deputy Samson Arachi.

Kimaiyo resigned in a huff as Inspector General of Police last month amidst growing concerns over his capability to effectively handle the country's security matters in the right manner.

And it was not just in the last few months.

Since the Westgate attack, which many agree was mishandled by his officers and the ensuing spate of terror attacks that saw the lives of many innocent Kenyans taken away, Kimaiyo's time was up a long time ago.

That said, he was always dignified as a man and always handled the ensuing pressure in a calm manner. But does he believe that he did his job well enough?

Does he feel guilty?

What were his highs and lows?

" I did my best. Yes, it was not perfect but I did my best for 35 years. I gave my all, even at times to the detriment of my family to serve Kenyans. I have no regrets," he said.

" I look back at all the times I have had to collect dead bodies, be it in accidents and other incidences that could have been taken care of and I had a bad feeling. I hope it can be improved upon and I hope that the next person will improve on what we have now.

" This is like a race. At a certain stage, one has to hand over the baton to the other one. And it moves on and on like that. Today is the day I am handing over the baton, to the next person who will also be able to run the race and when it reaches the time, he will hand over to other persons, he said of his time in the force.

On what he feels can be improved, he says that police still do not have the necessary support to fight crime and terror.

" They need to improve laws and basic services to policemen. I have tried my best to improve living standards but it must not stop there and must grow and grow. That way, we will see better services to Kenyans," he added.

Kimaiyo has now moved to the Kenya Airports Authority KAA as Chairman.

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