Kimaiyo resignation 'long overdue'
02 December 2014, 17:06
Nairobi - David Kimaiyo's resignation as the head of the national police service was long overdue, critics have said.
Kimaiyo has overseen statistically the worst 18 months of any previous police boss tenure in terms of insecurity levels, especially with the high number of casualties from terror activities in the country.
Starting from the Westgate attack that saw 67 people killed, onto Mpeketoni in Lamu and other areas in the country, the writing was way past the due date for Kimaiyo.
And a day after 32 Kenyans were killed by Al Shabaab forces in Mandera, less than a week after 28 more were killed in a bus attack, in the same area, time was surely up for Kimaiyo.
" His time was due after the Westgate attack and it is a mystery why the president did not pressure him to leave office, especially after the attacks in Lamu," Chris Omuhami, a security expert posed.
" The fact was that there has been no accountability in his docket and that needed to change. He was answerable to no one but himself and that was cause for worry," Omuhami added.
Kimaiyo has been at the centre of efforts by members of parliament to have him removed from office and was always the butt of jokes both from leaders and members of the public.
" This joke that is Kimaiyo has to end," MPs on both sides of the divide have said severally in the house during lunch breaks and off the record conversations.
And Kenyans on Twitter had not kind words for the hapless Kimaiyo following his departure.
" He should be thankful I am not the one kicking him out of office. I would have slapped him in the face too, Joe Mwenyewe said on Facebook.
" This has taken too long Kimaiyo. Where was the dignity, Mercy Njeri said on Facebook.
" Wow, Kimaiyo resigns? At-least he has done so when it was obvious there was no coming back from this latest blunder. Good for him to walk away, Milton Okongo also said on Facebook. Kimaiyo said during his resignation speech that he was not chased out of office bur rather resigned due to his own principals, a fact that not many will care much about.
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