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Uhuru swears in NIS chief Kameru

11 September 2014, 13:38 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Major-General Philip Wachira Kameru has been sworn in as National Intelligence Service (NIS) director-general.

The new Air force commander, Major General Samuel Ng’ang’a Thuita also took oath in a ceremony witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday morning.

The swearing in of Major-General Kameru followed his confirmation to the position by the National Assembly in a special sitting on Wednesday.

His appointment was unanimously agreed on by all MPs.

Read also: Parliament unanimously approves Kameru's appointment

This followed a probe on his suitability by the parliamentary Committee on Defence and Foreign affairs which agreed with the appointment.

The swearing in ceremony – conducted by the Head of Public Service and Chief of Staff Joseph Kinyua – was also witnessed by the Deputy President William Ruto.

Kameru's appointment follows the resignation from office of former boss Michael Gichangi two weeks ago.

There have been several claims of nepotism and tribalism in the appointment, which have been dismissed by the relevant authorities.

The NIS appointment is deemed political since the president is meant to trust the person who will essentially advise him on matters intelligence.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that one MP out of the 29 member Committee dissented on the appointment saying it was an indication that the president is militarizing the Public Service.

Read also: MP disagrees with Kameru NIS appointment

President Kenyatta told the new officers to join hands with other government officials in delivering effective and efficient service to Kenyans.

Present during the swearing-in ceremony were the Chief of Defence Forces General Julius Karangi, several Cabinet Secretaries including Defence Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.

National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale, Chairman of the Parliamentary Defence Committee Ndungu Githinji and his deputy Barre Shill also witnessed the ceremony.

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