Deputy Inspector General of Police, Grace Syombua Kaindi was last evening edged out of the National Police Service after a period of missteps and underperformance.
The manner in which president Uhuru summoned and then sacked Ms Kaindi points to a frustrated Commander-In-Chief who is now determined to stamp his foot on his role as the ultimate boss. The President who has been in Mombasa for the past one week was with the CS Interior Nkaissery, Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, PS Interior Monica Juma and GSU Commandant Joel Kitili Mboya who were part of the top security team coordinating the crackdown on hard drugs in the Coastal town.
Kaindi’s position made her the second in command while also overseeing the biggest police formation comprising of officers from the General Service Unit, Police Air Wing, Anti-Stock Theft, Maritime police, Tourism police, and the police dog units.
On Tuesday morning, the President summoned his team to Mombasa’s State Lodge and reviewed the coordination of policing and drugs crackdown in Mombasa. It is during that important meeting that he remarked at the great input Joel Kitili Mboya has put in cracking down on illicit brews and hard drugs in the country. The GSU commandant has been effective in his duties that the President wondered why he should not get a better post.
Realising that Grace Kaindi has not been as effective and progressive as demanded, the President ordered that the IG summon Kaindi to Mombasa. She was immediately flown in a chopper to the coast where the President informed her that she was proceeding on a post as an ambassador while the GSU commandant was to assume the role of Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police in an acting capacity until when the formal process of appointment would be done with.
Ms Kaindi ineffectiveness has seen the most formal and disciplined civilian policing arm reduced to bystanders as the paramilitary units like AP and GSU assume prominent roles in general civilian police duties. Her inactions and poor coordination has seen many areas with good presence of Kenya Police not well secured as crime rates soars.
Residents of Kisumu recently blamed NYS for the increased insecurity in the lake city, a fact that has made President Uhuru really uncomfortable as attack on NYS is considered to touch directly on the Presidency.
Ms Kaindi has served the police service in various positions since her enlistment in 1975. She is the mother to the embattled former Nairobi County Treasury boss, Jimmy Kiamba. Ms Kaindi was also the Provincial Police Commander in Nyanza during the PEV, a role which saw her bear blame as one of the key personalities who contributed to the deaths of civilians during the disputed elections.
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and 9 other civil rights organisations poked holes into the credentials of Grace Kaindi, David Kimaiyo and CID boss Ndegwa Muhoro during their vetting and subsequent appointments. Kimaiyo who later became the first Inspector General of Police, was blamed for being in charge of Police operations during the Post-Elections Violence.
Meanwhile, the current Deputy Director of Police Reforms, King’ori Mwangi is set to assume a new role as the GSU commandant. The appointment of King’ori Mwangi is almost complete.