In the wake of increased cases of extra judicial killings in the country, nominated Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has vowed to deal with rogue police officers if confirmed.
Appearing before joint committees on Administration and National Security of the National Assembly and Defence and Foreign Relations of the Senate, Mutyambai affirmed that each officer in uniform will be held accountable for their actions.
“Each officer will be held liable for their actions. We will take actions according to the law. I will work closely with IPOA and DPP to bring sanity in the service,” he said.
During his vetting today, the NIS office said he’ll maintain high standards of integrity.
“I will treat every officer as a clean officer. I will engage all of them to agree on our mode of our operation. From there, I will start monitoring them to identify the corrupt officers,” he said.
On the police welfare, the officer said he’ll ensure full implementation of the National Police Management system as well as looking into President Uhuru Kenyatta’s housing allowance directive.
“I will engage the NPSC and SRC to review the rates for house allowance for police,” he said adding that some rates, especially for those serving in Nairobi, are low.
He affirmed that he will embrace a multi-agency approach, a move he said will unify security units in the country.
Questioned on his net worth, the nominee said he is worth Sh30 million.
Mutyambai’s remarks come at a time when Kenyan police face frequent allegations of brutality and extra-judicial killings from civilians and rights groups.
Recently, activists in Kenya accused police of being behind Caroline Mwatha’s death- A prominent Kenyan human rights activist from Dandora who championed the fight against police brutality and extra-judicial killings. She was found dead, six days after she went missing.
According to a police report, Mwatha died procuring an abortion.
Police are also accused of killing of Carilton David Maina, a university student, shot in Kibera, Nairobi.
The 23-year-old student at Leeds University, was shot dead by the police who claim he was among a group of thugs terrorising residents of Line Saba.
Mutyambai, who is currently the deputy director of National Counter-Terrorism centre, was nominated by President Kenyatta on March 13, in his Executive Order No.4 of 2019.
If confirmed, he will replace Joseph Boinnet, who was also appointed as Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, having served at the helm of the NPS for four years.