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Uhuru's penchant for spies

Another spy to take charge of police service

Hillary Mutyambai is the deputy director of Counter-terrorism Coordination at the National Intelligence Service

In Summary

•Boinnet, DPP Noordin Haji and EACC chief executive officer Twalib Mbarak are all former NIS officers

•Retired IG Boinnet will now be the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Tourism and Wildlife ministry

IG nominee Hillary Mutyambai
Boinnet successor IG nominee Hillary Mutyambai
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President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday appointed yet another spy to replace Joseph Boinnet as the Inspector General of Police.

Hillary Mutyambai will take charge of the police service if approved by Parliament. This puts to rest speculation on who will succeed Boinnet. The National Intelligence Service, the Kenya Defence Forces and the National Police Service are said to have been lobbying to have one of their own take the police mantle.

Mutyambai is the deputy director of Counter-terrorism Coordination at the National Intelligence Service. He joins the league of several spies appointed to lead key institutions during Uhuru’s tenure.

Boinnet, DPP Noordin Haji and EACC chief executive officer Twalib Mbarak are all former intelligence officers.

Boinnet’s non-renewable four-year term ended on Monday.

The National Police Service Act requires that the President “within 14 days after a vacancy occurs in the office of the Inspector-General, nominate a person for appointment … and submit the name to Parliament”.

As per the latest executive order, Boinnet will be the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Tourism and Wildlife ministry. The President also appointed Wycliffe Ogalo to replace Isaiah Osugo as the Commissioner-General of the Prisons Department. Osugo, a career detective, was appointed to the helm of the department in 2008. President Mwai Kibaki sourced him from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (then called the Criminal Investigations Department).

Yesterday, Uhuru also appointed Vincent Loonena as the director general of the Kenyan Coast Guard Service, a maritime security organ launched in November last year. The service’s mandate is to operate in high seas to protect the country’s territorial waters against terrorism, piracy, illegal fishing, human and drug trafficking, among other maritime crimes.

Brigadier John Mugui Waweru will be the director general of the Kenya Wildlife Service, taking the place of Prof Charles Musyoki. Tourism CS Najib Balala appointed Musyoki in an acting capacity in July last year after the botched rhino relocation in which 11 of the rare animals died.

Also appointed were members of the National Police Service Commission who were successfully vetted by Parliament last week. The new commissioners include Eliud Kinuthia, who takes the place of Johnston Kavuludi as chairman. Others are Lilian Kiambaa, Eusebius Laibuta, Naphtali Rono, Alice Owala and John Moiyaki.