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Parliament unanimously approves Kameru's appointment

11 September 2014, 09:30 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The National Assembly Wednesday unanimously approved the appointment of General Philip Kameru as head of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) after his vetting by the Defense and Foreign Relations committee.

The Defense Committee chairman, Ndung’u Githenji, said after the vetting exercise, the members agreed that Kameru be given the job due to his requisite abilities, qualifications and experience in the national security.

Githenji said Kameru’s long-term service in national security especially the Military Intelligence is a clear prove that he will be able to mobilize various organs to enhance security intelligence in the country regardless of his tribe or region of origin.

Eldas MP, Adan Keynan, said NIS needed to be provided with more powers, funding and every relevant support to overcome the witnessed blame game within the security docket as Police fail to act on the availed intelligence information to curb insecurity.

Also Read:Uhuru picks new intelligence boss to end Islamist attacks

"To kill the negative perception, the new DG, if approved by this House, must sit down with the heads of the different agencies and ensure that they all operate within their mandated roles," Keynan said.

The Gem MP, who is also the Deputy Minority Leader, said false perception of NIS should be dealt with including the streamlining of security structures to ensure accountability.

"I do not regret the departure of the old head and welcome the new one. I know the role of NIS in elections. I would love to see a structure where NIS feeds the police," said Midiwo.

He added that Kameru should ensure intelligence information is gathered right from the grassroots to avoid the witnessed massacres and terror activities from the Al Shabaab.

“The NIS and the Police Service work should run parallel to avoid the witnessed blame game. How can criminals get to Lamu and carry out the massacre yet the NIS is responsible for gathering intelligence for immediate action to be undertaken?” posed Midiwo.

Majority Leader, Adan Duale, said Kameru should not be praised for the NIS job because the task ahead is heavy to ensure every citizen lives in a safe environment.

Also Read:Kameru's 'tribal' appointment must be reversed: MP

“Kameru has a heavy task ahead. He has to marshal intelligence, deal with drug-trafficking and the Al Shabaab attacks, and has to be politically non-partisan and accountable to Parliament,” said Duale.

“We don’t want again to see the President destroying drugs cargo in the ocean but carry out intelligence before those cargoes arrive to our ports. Kameru should not be judged from his tribe or region but from his CV,” he added.

The Parliament’s unanimous approval of Kameru allows him to serve as the NIS Chief after the resignation of Michael Gichangi.

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