Third Kenya’s Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai take office

By Nicholas Kipchumba Lelei

New Inspector General of police, Hillary Mutyambai has kicked off four-year tenure with a clearly spelled out set priorities to revolutionize the National Police Service, NPS.

Upon taking the oath of office, Mutyambai, who is specialized in counter-terrorism and advanced security, said, through deep cooperation with other security agencies, he will battle threats of terrorism, organized crimes, corruption, and cattle rustling as well as ensure all reforms began by his immediate predecessor Joseph Boinnet are brought to conclusion.

Being particular about corruption, the tough-talking new IG says he will endeavor to weed out the vice among his officers.

“We as the National Police Service we play our enforcement role in a non-partisan manner guided high fidelity to the law. We must also ensure that we eliminate the vice as the police ensure we eliminate corruption within our ranks and file. And I call upon of police officer to remember and uphold the oath they undertook to be faithful to the law and to uphold integrity.”

He further says he will initiate a system that will enable police accountability ranks.

“I will initiate a system that enhances accountability and responsibility within the national police and will expand the work of the Independent Internal Affairs Unit to investigate corruption cases within National Police Service. The Internal Affairs unit will be decentralized to operate within the regions and counties.”

He promised to oversee a transformation that ensures that all police officers will respect human rights and fundamental freedom as enshrined in the constitution. Mutyambai sounded a warning to officers who abuse their powers that they will be dealt with accordingly.

“I will stand by officers who discharge their duties firmly and fairly without fear, favor or ill-will but equally deal with those who abuse police powers and privileges”.

To enable members of the public track the process their complaints and give feedback and complements, the man who was tapped from Counter Terrorism Center where he was the assistant director, says he will be keen to implement the NPS Information Management System with digitized Occurrence Book and the Case File Management System.

Moreover, he assured police officers that he will reach out to the SRC on their house allowances.

Mutyambai takes over from Joseph Boinet whose term expired on 11th March 2019 after serving four years in the position.

Boinnet was in attendance as his successor was sworn in.