Africa-Press – Kenya. Inspector General of police Japheth Koome Monday, announced new changes in the service that saw Baringo county police commander Adamson Bungei named the new Nairobi police chief.
Bungei takes over from Manasse Musyoka who was yet to take over the position, a week after he was also named to take over from James Mugera who has since retired from the service.
Bungei served as the OCPD for Buruburu and Central before he was moved to Baringo two years ago.
Koome also moved Munga Nyale to Kenya Police Headquarters and named him as the director of police reforms.
Abdallah Komesha who was recently moved to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters as the head of personnel has been named the new principal deputy to the IG to take over from Nyale.
Boniface Maingi who was the National Police Service director of personnel is now the director of operations. He takes over from Rashid Yakub who was deployed to head the Community Policing wing as the director.
Judy Lamet who was the director of the Child Protection Unit at Vigilance House was promoted to the deputy director of police operations.
Jacinta Muthoni was named the director of personnel at police headquarters, Vigilance House.
The changes are the latest to be effected by Koome.
They come following the announcement of Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki that new leadership will be announced as part of efforts to address crime in the city and other urban areas.
He said a new command structure that also incorporates officers from other security agencies is under firm instructions to swiftly end muggings and other violent crimes in Nairobi.
“The leadership and the command of the police has changed the command of Nairobi city police deployment effective immediately. The NPS has also put in a place in a multiagency, multi-disciplined response to this problem and to get these errant sons and maybe a few daughters to get out of the streets and put them where criminals belong,” he said.
He said the government was determined to restore public safety in the streets of Nairobi and vowed to take the fight to the criminals.
To ensure police officers are adequately incentivised for their difficult and often risky assignments, the CS promised that a comprehensive review of the salaries and the terms and conditions will be undertaken.
“The government will initiate a process of engagement to relook at the terms and conditions that our officers serve under,” the CS said.
“Taking into cognisance that for a very long term now, the terms and conditions of our officers serve have not been reviewed to adjust them to the cost of living.”