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Thursday 26 February 2015


Nairobi, Kenya: A joint security committee comprising members of the National Assembly and Senate Thursday convened to vet Joseph Boinet for the position of Inspector General of Police. If approved, Boinet will be the second IG under the new Constitution and will replace David Kimaiyo who resigned last year citing personal reasons. Kimaiyo has since been appointed Kenya Airports Authority Chairman. Senate Committee on National Security and National Assembly committee on Administration and National Security chaired by Senator Yusuf Haji (Garissa) and Asman Kamama (Tiaty) respectively met at County Hall to grill Boinet following his nomination by President Uhuru Kenyatta December 2014. Some legislators had objected the joint exercise and wanted each House be given a chance to independently vet the nominee. Ethuro said that the decision to have commitees of both houses conduct a joint vetting was arrived at following consultations with National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and was aimed at trying to beat the legal timelines within which to vet Boinet. Boinet is the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Principal Intelligence Officer based at the headquarters in Ruaraka. Nephew to former National Security Intelligence Service director general Brig Wilson Boinett, the IG nominee is a career policeman who joined the intelligence service in 1998. Boinet once served as a protocol officer at the ministry of Foreign Affairs until late 2013 when he went to Australia for his Masters. He was also a desk officer at the Harare and Rome missions.

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