KINUTHIA, ITEERE OUT OF POLICE BOSS RACE

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 00:00 -- BY DOMINIC WABALA

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere and Administration Police Commandant
Kinuthia Mbugua will not seek the two top offices of Inspector General
or Deputy Inspector General. The two police chiefs who have been seen as
possible front-runners have communicated
to their seniors and peers that they are out of the race.

Yesterday we failed to reach Iteere and Kinuthia to confirm as their cell phones were unanswered. But multiple sources close to both told the Star
that Kinuthia was likely to retire from the AP to pursue personal interests while Iteere is yet to
reveal his next options. We established that lobbying for the posts is in top gear.

Inside sources at Office of the President and Vigilance House said Kinuthia had informed Internal
Security PS Francis Kimemia and Minister George Saitoti during a meeting of senior officers in August that he would not be
contesting a higher office. Kinuthia and Iteere have petitioned Saitoti
and Kimemia to have the appointment of the Inspector General delayed "until proper
structures are put in place in the police force.”

During the August meeting, the two argued that it was too late to overhaul the
police because the 2012 general election. They said the government cannot afford to retire senior officers at the time. The two protested they had
been ignored by the Police Reform Implementation Committee chaired by Titus Naikuni, and that the committee threw out
their input while preparing for the police reforms. The two have advised against the appointment of  a non-police officer to taker over as Inspector General.

Kenya National Commission on Human Rights commissioner Hassan Omar,
who also attended the meeting with the police chiefs, yesterday said their concerns were baseless. Omar said police and electoral reforms must go side by side for the success of any general election. “The constitution has dictated that these institutions must
be reformed, there is no way out. It is more fundamental to reform the police more than the electoral
body," said Omar who represented Usalama Reforms forum in the meeting.

 In the meeting, Saitoti had argued that the
qualifications of those seeking the post of Inspector General should be at least the level of polytechnic diploma. Police reforms demand that the Inspector General must have a degree. Deputy Police Commissioner Grace Kaindi and a senior assistant commissioner of police Mary Kaol are among the women who qualify for the job. Kaindi has a masters degree while Kaol has a first degree and has enrolled for a masters degree. Both are eyeing the top offices.

Despite President Kibaki signing the National
Police Service more than a month ago, the document is yet to be printed and gazetted. There are fears that the move has been delayed to stall implementation of the Act. CID Director Francis Muhoro, Police spokesman Erick Kiraithe, Police College Loresho commandant
Patrick Obimo, Head of Kenya Focal Point on Small Arms Unit David Kimaiyo,
his deputy Patrick Ochieng and Railways CID boss Judy Ndenda are also said to be eyeing the seats.

Grace Kaindi

Is the senior most of
the women police officers and is also the most qualified in academics to vie
for the Inspector General’s post. She holds a Masters
degree in International Relations. She has
previously held the positions of Nyanza Police chief and is currently the
Director of Public complaints and Gender issues at Police headquarters. Kaindi was the first and only woman to have been appointed
as a Provincial Police Officer.

Mary Kaol

A long serving detective, Kaol was once seconded to the
Interpol office in Lyon, and also worked in the CID headquarters in charge of Certificate
of Good Conduct. She is senior assistant commissioner of police.

Judy Ndeda

Ndeda is career
officer and the current PCIO Railways Police. She is a holder a degree in
Criminology. She has worked mostly at CID headquarters and has once served as the
head of Legal Services at the CID headquarters. She has also been a trainer at
CID Training School.

Francis Muhoro Ndegwa

A Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police, he is the current
Director of Criminal Investigations Department and served as the head of Transitional
Police in Sierra Leone during a United Nations mission to that country. He joined the police in 1991.
Muhoro holds a masters degree in International Relations. He served as head of
the Transit Unit at the Port of Mombasa. He served as the
Officer Commanding Ngong Police Station and Officer In charge Inland Container
Depot.

He acted as Deputy Officer Commanding Kwale Police Division
and an instructor at the CID Kenya Police Training College where he became the
head of the Senior Training Wing after rising to the rank of Assistant
Commissioner of Police. Before his appointment as the head of CID, Muhoro was the Commandant
Police Training College Loresho. He is a respected disciplinarian and stickler
to rules.

Patrick Ochieng

A deputy commissioner of Police, Ochieng is an aeronautical
engineer with a PhD in Management with a thesis in Community Policing from
Tyler University USA. He is a helicopter pilot who served as the deputy
commandant Kenya Police Airwing. 

He was recalled by former Commissioner of Police
Mohammed Hussein Ali and seconded to the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority
as an instructor and examiner. Ochieng is pursuing his second PhD in
Management Science at the School of Business, University of Nairobi. Ochieng is the deputy director of the Kenya Focal Point on
Small and Light Weapons which is under the Office of the President.

Patrick Obimo

He is commandant of Kenya Police Academy Loresho. He holds a masters degree in International Relations. He
also holds a degree in Chemistry from University of Nairobi. He served as head of the Interpol regional office in Nairobi
and  Coast Provincial Criminal Investigation Office. He has served in the police for over 30 years.

David Kimaiyo

Kimaiyo is the head of Kenya Focal Point on Small Arms and
Light Weapons. He is Senior Deputy Commissioner who holds a masters degree in Criminology. He served as Director of Police Operations during the Post-Election violence period in 2007/2008. He srved as the Commandant of General
Service Unit and was one time the Presidential Escort Commander. Has has served in the police for over 25 years.

Erick Kiraithe

Kiraithe is a career police officer who has risen to his current position as Senior Assistant commissioner of Police. He is the Police Spokesman, having served in the Anti
Stock Theft Unit where he rose from Constable to Superintendent
of Police.

He is the second-longest serving spokesman after the late Peter
Masemo Kimanthi. Kiraithe served at
the United Nations peace keeping in Sierra Leone before he was seconded to the
Central Bank as the head of security He has a degree from the University of Nairobi and is pursuing masters degree at the Kenya Methodist University.

Francis Okonya

Scored a first division in O-levels at
Ukwala High School and was once pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree course at the University of Nairobi. He served as head
of Flying Squad and the Banking Fraud Investigation Unit. He is among the
pioneer detectives at the Criminal Intelligence Unit. He served as
Deputy Director of CID.