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Officers want Kimaiyo transfers cancelled

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY MARTIN MWAURA

CONFUSION over two police units played out yesterday when a section of police officers sued the Inspector General David Kimaiyo led-National police service over a nationwide transfer of officers.

Now 28 police traffic officers want the Mombasa High Court to quash transfer orders by Kimaiyo and his deputy saying it is illegal as they are not their employer.

The officers say they are employed by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) led by chairman Johnstone Kavuludi and should not be transferred by the National police service.

The officers currently serving at the Mariakani weigh bridge toll station protested Kimaiyo’s directive on March 6 for the nationwide transfer of 221 traffic officers including the applicants.

In a certificate of urgency through advocate Jared Magolo the officers also said they are under the traffic department and directly under the traffic commandant and cannot be transferred by Kimaiyo.

“We are seeking an order of certiorari to remove into high court the directives, decision and order of the respondents changing the applicant’s job station,” said Magolo.

 

The officers want Kimaiyo and his Deputy Stephen Kitoo prohibited from making any further orders or decisions in regard to their employment, transfer and stationing.

The officers say the respondents acted on bad faith and malice in carrying out the transfers.

Mombasa’s Resident judge Maureen Odero certified the matter as urgent and asked for the respondents to be served with the summons for a hearing on March 13.

Justice Odero however declined to issue a stay order barring the transfer of the officers.