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Sunday, 21 September 2014

POLICE OFFICERS DEFY KIMAIYIO'S ORDER, ENGAGE IN LOBBYING

Controversy is raging in the police service over the recent transfer of police officers initiated by Inspector General of Police Service David Kimaiyo.
Sources at Vigilance House, the police headquarters, divulged  that a number of senior police affected in the purge  have turned down the transfers and are now engaged in having the decision by Kimaiyo rescinded and remain put in their former stations in total defiance of  a directive from the top command issued last month. This smacks of questions as to why the police officers are defiant unless they are involved in shady deals that compromise security in their former stations.
According to police headquarters, among those moved are Lamu East OCPD Samuel Obara and his Lamu West counterpart Amos Cheboi who were both transferred to police headquarters, Nairobi.
The new Lamu East commander is Nyagah Kioi while Lamu West is Julius Kimani.
Kilifi county police commander James Kithuka was moved to Vigilance House and will be replaced by Joseph Nthenge from the General Service Unit.
The new Likoni OCPD will be Willy Simba from Bungoma East who has not reported to the new station as per the transfer and is still in his initial posting.  
Simba is to replace Robert Muriithi who was moved to Kiganjo Police College as an adjutant.
Wundanyi OCPD Joachim Mecha was moved to Bungoma East in the same capacity while the new Bungoma West boss will be Jasper Ombati who has been in peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Bungoma East district has been put on focus after Ombati declined the offer which insiders term as a demotion.
Those transferred to areas hit by insecurity are said to be dragging their feet on moving.
Sources say that some police bosses have been trying to use the security community agents to woo the Inspector General and his deputy with anonymous letters of their past record to remain in the station.
A letter seen by Weekly Citizen is said to have been drafted by a station boss and circulated to the community policing agents to sign and send it to Kimaiyo to cancel the decision.
It remains to be seen if Kimaiyo will crack the whip on errand officers who have been accused of having compromised  security in some parts of the country.