President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed former police officer Joseph Boinett as the new Inspector General (IG) of police to replace David Kimaiyo.
Mr Boinett is a career policeman who joined the intelligence service in 1998 and has two Master's degrees, one in security management and another in diplomacy and has just completed a course in Security Policy Analysis from Australia. The government, through the ministry of interior, said Mr Boinett is currently a high ranking intelligence officer with the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
The new nominee has also served in the Kenyan missions in Harare and Rome as a desk officer and was later seconded to Foreign Affairs as head of protocol.
Deputy Inspector General Samuel Arachi has been appointed the acting IG for the time being as Mr Boinett’s appointment awaits approval from parliament. The 2010 constitution, which created the position of the IG states that “the president shall appoint the Inspector General of police with the approval of the parliament.
Former IG Mr Kimaiyo, who quit the job saying that he had opted for early retirement, has been appointed the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).