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IG David Kimaiyo bows to pressure, resigns

02 December 2014, 15:45 Pauline Nyumu

Nairobi - After months of criticism over escalating insecurity in the country, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has resigned.

Kimaiyo’s resignation came after successive assault missions against Kenyans in the towns of Wajir and Mandera that saw at least 37 Kenyans lose their lives.

Kimaiyo was nominated the police boss in 2012 in an effort to reform the police service, a role that has been riddled with a lot of challenges.

During his tenure, Kenya has suffered the worst retaliatory attacks from the Al Shabaab militia group following the incursion of KDF into Somalia, including the 2013 Westgate siege and June attacks in Lamu that left close to 200 Kenyans dead.

Read Also: Kimaiyo: I won't resign

A lot of people have interpreted his failure to curb terror threats against Kenya as incompetence and thus called for his resignation, a position he had previously vowed to never relinquish.

Confirming his resignation, the Government press service posted on twitter: “JUST IN: IG Kimaiyo has retired. President Kenyatta has accepted decision #KenyaUnderAttack.”

At the same time, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the replacement of the Interior CS Joseph Ole Lenku who has also been facing similar criticism.

Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Major General Joseph Nkaissery as the new CS for Interior and National Coordination.

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