Barely 24 hours after appearing before Parliament's audit committee, police candidate Japhet Koome has been cleared by the Inspector General to take over the top police role following the retirement of Hillary Mutyambai.
Although Mutyambai was in office for a few months, he went home for retirement due to health problems. A request President William Ruto gave on the same day he unveiled his cabinet.
Deputy Inspector General Noor Garbow, who was in charge of the Administrative Police, was appointed Chief Inspector general as a civil servant. A seasoned police officer,
Koome was first recruited into the profession as a certified constable in 1981 and his first posting was as a police officer in Nairobi before moving to the Gilgil Anti-Theft Squad.
After his approval, Koome will now become the fourth inspector general under the new constitution and the 12th police chief after independence.
His approval was also carried out very quickly because the law allows the commission to either accept or reject a candidate under the Public Appointments Act 2011 after a 28-day review.
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