In Summary
  • The service has for years been ranked the most corrupt agency in Kenya and the region. Its human rights record is poor.
  • The service and Mr Boinnet has been constantly accused by the Judiciary of ignoring court orders.

Hours after Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet’s four-year term ended on Tuesday, State House was still silent on his replacement.

The National Security Council deliberated on who would replace Mr Boinnet in acting capacity even as lobbying intensified.

Sources told the Nation that a choice for Mr Boinnet’s successor had been made but President Uhuru Kenyatta had not approved the decision as he was held up in a Cabinet meeting.

With the understanding that the incoming police boss would oversee the 2022 General Election, there is a cut-throat competition among power players who want to influence Mr Kenyatta’s choice.


Some of the candidates are: Edward Mbugua and Noor Gaboow, who are deputy inspectors-general of police, Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss George Kinoti, former director of the Counter Terrorism Centre Isaac Ochieng, General Service Unit commandant Douglas Kanja, and police spokesman Charles Owino.

The President could also pluck an outsider to head the service as he did with Mr Boinnet, who was the principal intelligence officer at the National Intelligence Service before his selection in 2015.

Analysts are divided on whether an outsider would be the best bet for the police.

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