President William Ruto will not find it easy to replace Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai with Japhet Koome, reports have indicated. The President, together with Attorney General Kihara Kariuki has been taken to court over Ruto's pick of Koome as the new IG after Mutyambai proceeded on terminal leave.
Sources working on the new development have revealed that a Kenyan citizen has moved to court seeking to block President Ruto's nomination of Koome on allegations that it was illegal.
According to Nation Media, a doctor by the name Magare Gikenyi, a surgeon, argues that Ruto's move is unconstitutional revealing that the nomination of such a person is a mandate of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).
In a statement captured by the media outlet, Gikenyi reiterated that President Ruto is allegedly exercising powers beyond the boundaries and that he has no such powers at his disposal to single-handedly initiate the process of a vacancy in the office of the Inspector General.
“The President is giving himself powers which he does not have. Only the National Police Service Commission initiates the process once a vacancy in the office of the Inspector-General becomes available. The president has no powers to recruit the IG single-handedly,” said Dr. Gikenyi in court papers as established by Nation.
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