President’s role in appointment of IG constitutional-CIC
30 June 2014, 10:07
Nakuru - President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move to assent to a Bill that gives him powers to have a say on who should become the next Inspector General of Police is constitutional, Commission on Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has said.
According to CIC Commissioner Kamotho Waiganjo, the move is consistent with the constitution.
“The reality is that the IG is appointed by the president but through a competitive process which involves a selection panel,” said Waiganjo.
In the new assented law, the President would constitute a selection panel of one person from seven public organisations, which are Office of the President, the Public Service Commission, the National Police Service Commission, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, the National Gender and Equality Commission and the Law Society of Kenya.
This comes as various stakeholders and Kenyans fault the President for assenting to the Bill.
On his part, Council of Governors chairman and Bomet County Governor, Isaac Rutto, said once the amendment and establishment of the County Policing Authority is done, county governors will have a say in matters security, hence help in resolving security threats.
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