This week, a Kenyan citizen filed a lawsuit against Kenya's President William Ruto and the country's Attorney General over the purportedly unlawful appointment of Japhet Koome to the office of Inspector General of Police. The doctor stated that the National Police Service Commission should have the authority to choose the IG, and that the commission should be responsible for publicizing the open position in local interviews and conducting the interviews itself.
However, information has come to light suggesting that the National Police Act's Section 12 was covertly amended by President William Ruto in order to grant him the sole authority to appoint the Inspector General of Police and his deputies, without the participation of the National Police Service.
On September 27, President Ruto introduced his new cabinet and also announced the appointment of Japhet Koome to the office of Inspector General of the Police. As a result of Ruto's communication that Mr. Hillary Mutyambai's health was deteriorating, the latter's decision to go on terminal leave was made. The contract that Mutyambai was under only had six months left to go. The possibility exists that Ruto's choice to change section 12 of the National Police Act will be met with opposition and challenged in court.
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