President Uhuru Kenya on Wednesday cemented his preference for former military and intelligence chiefs in his appointment of heads of police, prisons and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
The President opted to ignore insiders in the appointments that saw Hilary Mutyambai nominated to succeed Joseph Boinnet as Inspector-General of Police.
Until his appointment, Mr Mutyambai was an assistant director at the National Intelligence Services (NIS). He is currently attached to the National Counter Terrorism Centre.
Mr Boinett, also tapped from the NIS in 2014, was appointed as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Tourism ministry. He exited the police after completing his non-renewable four-year term.
Ex-soldiers and top spies are beating rivals for security jobs that require President Kenyatta’s appointment, encouraged by the perception that these men are clean and disciplined.
The President is in the race to secure a legacy hinged on the war against corruption. He is undertaking a renewed push to tackle graft that has seen the prosecution of dozens of civil servants and business people in recent months.
Other appointments were Wycliffe Ogalo as Commissioner-General of the Kenya Prisons Service, Vincent Naisho Loonea as the Director-General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service and John Migui Waweru as the Director-General of KWS.
Mr Ogalo has risen from a District Officer to administrative secretary at the Interior ministry while Mr Naisho and Waweru are career soldiers.
Mr Ogalo is replacing Isaiah Osugo, who has been at the helm of Kenya Prisons, having been tapped from the police service.