Former DCI deputy named head of In­ter­pol

The Star (Kenya) - - News General -

Three se­nior of­fi­cers kicked out of the po­lice at the height of a pro­tracted bat­tle be­tween sacked DIG Grace Kaindi (pic­tured) and her bosses have been re­in­stated and ap­pointed to top po­si­tions. The three were trans­ferred last Septem­ber, days af­ter Kaindi was forced out of of­fice by her bosses. They were moved to the In­te­rior min­istry where they have re­mained for 14 months. Gideon Kim­ilu, who was the Deputy Di­rec­tor of CID, is the new In­ter­pol sub­re­gion boss. Kim­ilu emerged first in an in­ter­view for the po­si­tion. Pa­trick Ndunda, who was the head of the crim­i­nal reg­istry, and Charl­ton Mure­i­thi, who was the traf­fic com­man­der, have re­turned to the main­stream po­lice. Mure­i­thi has been de­ployed to Jo­goo House as the new in­ter­nal af­fairs unit boss, while Ndunda re­turns to CID head­quar­ters for de­ploy­ment. At the time of their trans­fer, there was sus­pi­cion that the changes were, among other things, fash­ioned to dis­man­tle an al­leged line-up of se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers linked to the sacked DIG. In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Joseph Boin­net at the time said the changes are meant to im­prove ser­vices. The trans­fer came as a shocker to com­man­ders and com­mis­sion­ers of the Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, who were kept in the dark as the changes were ef­fected on Fri­day night. The changes came days af­ter Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta ap­pointed Joel Ki­tili act­ing DIG. Ki­tili has since been con­firmed to the po­si­tion. To date nei­ther NPSC chair­man John­ston Kavu­ludi nor Boin­net has ex­plained why the top cops were moved.

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