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Why Uhuru erred in sacking Kaindi

04 September 2015, 15:48 William Korir

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga says that the move to sack Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi is nonsense.

Kaindi was sacked by the President Wednesday and replaced by Joel Kitili in a move that has been described as unconstitutional.

According to Raila, the move to sack Kaindi is missing several key points, including allowing gender balance and ensuring that fairness in appointments reigns.

" Furthermore, the National Police Service Act is clear that one of the three top positions in police has to be a woman," Odinga said.

" The excuse that there was no senior woman is utter nonsense since the Act only requires the person to be superintendent of police and above and at least 15 years in the Police Service. There are many women with this qualification in the Service.”

He also says that the constitution bars the appointment of officers in acting capacities to constitutionally protected offices.

" The appointment of acting Deputy Inspector General of Police is unconstitutional. The law provides for the appointment of a substantive office holder in all constitutional offices. There is no provision for appointment of persons to act in a constitutional office,” he said in a statement Friday.

Kaindi has said that the move to sack her is motivated by other interests other than her work and her conduct.

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