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Hillary Mutyambai Sworn In As Police Boss, Vows To Make Radical Changes In The Service

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New Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai with DCI George Kinoti and DPP Noordin Haji. [Courtesy]

Hillary Mutyambai is the new Inspector General of Police.

Mutyambai was sworn in on Monday morning at the Supreme Court of Kenya.

The intelligence officer replaces Joseph Boinnet who is set to take up a Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) role in the Ministry of Tourism.

Boinnet’s term elapsed last month after serving at helm of the service for four years.

During the swearing in ceremony, Mutyambai thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta and the joint parlaimeafor considering him for the position.

He vowed to revolutionize the police service as well as implementing the new police reforms.

On the new command structures introduced in the service, the new IG vowed to harmonize them as well as promoting the multi-agency approach introduced by his predecessor Boinnet.

“As I assume office as the new IG, I am conversant with the security threats our country still faces, especially terrorism, organized crime, corruption, cattle rustling among others. Multi-agency approach still remains the best way to tackle these challenges,” Mutyambai said.

He vowed to support various organs of government to fight the corruption cancer which has taken root in our societies.

“I am fully in support of the ongoing fight against corruption in the country and I want to be very clear…we must all join hands in the fight against the vice,” he said.

On public service, the IG promised to improve how the police system works, to better its service for the public.

“I will be keen to implement the information management system which digitizes the occurrence book and file management system. This will enable members of the public to track the progress of their complaints and be able to give feedback. ”

Mutyambai was nominated by President Kenyatta on March 13, in his Executive Order No.4 of 2019.

The swearing in comes days after his nomination got a nod from parliament.

The legislators urged him to prioritize ending extrajudicial killings.

Read:Nominated IG Hillary Mutyambai Vows To Crack Whip On Rogue Police Officers

Mutyambai said he will tame rogue police officers and perpetrators of extrajudicial killings.

“I will be practical in dealing with this. Many have come before me, found corruption and other vices within the service, and left. I will make a difference through leadership by integrity,” he told the lawmakers.

He also pledged to work closely with the Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) and the Internal Affairs Unit to help identify the rogue officers.

Mutyambai promised to ensure full implementation of the National Police Management system and transform every police station into a service centre.

“I will engage the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to review the rates for house allowance for police,” he said.

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Written by Wycliffe Nyamasege

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