Lobbying for a candidate to succeed outgoing Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has intensified in the past weeks.
Government institutions and officials are said to be in the lead in convincing President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint one of their own to succeed Boinnet and serve in the position for the next four years.
Leading in the lobbying are National Intelligence Service, Military, National Police Service and as well as politicians.
At least five individuals have been mentioned as possible candidates and their names sent to President Kenyatta for consideration.
The decision, however, lies with Uhuru, who will appoint a name and submit it to Parliament for approval before the individual is appointed and sworn into office. Hand button
Boinnet’s term officially ended on March 11 but by yesterday, he said he was still in office awaiting to hand over the button to his successor. “I am waiting for my successor,” Boinnet said.
Senior officer in charge of Border Control – Frontier – at NIS, Nicodemus Musyoka Ndalana, his colleague in charge of Counter Terrorism, Hillary Mutiambai and former NIS official and current Kenya ambassador to Brazil, Isaac Ochieng, have been mentioned as possible successors of Boinnet.
Boinnet is a career policeman who joined NIS in 1998 where he was picked from in 2015.
“NIS is keen on having one of their own take over the NPS because of the lessons that have been learnt through Boinnet. That, however, will depend on the appointing authority,” said an insider aware of the developments.
Other names being mentioned are Brig Fredrick Leuria of Kenya Defence Forces and former Provincial Commissioner Jasper Rugut, the CEO of Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya.
In the police, Deputy Inspector General of Administration Police Service Noor Gabow and spokesman Charles Owino as well as Government Spokesman Eric Kiraithe are also being mentioned as possible successors. Gabow is a KPS officer who rose through the ranks.
“We hope an insider will take over. We understand our problems and can solve them better,” said an officer who asked not to be named.
Another official said they were waiting for the new National Police Service Commission to be sworn in for them to name an acting IG as the substantive one is being considered.
The commission comprises Eliud Ndungu Kinuthia as chair and Lilian Kiamba, Eusibius Laibuta, lawyer Naftali Kipchirchir Rono, Alice Atieno Otwala and John ole Mayaki as members.
The acting IG is likely to be either Gabow or Kenya Police DIG Njoroge Mbugua.
In his decision, the President will have to consider regional and tribal balance.
For instance, many officers don’t expect him to name an official from Central to take over because the current NPSC boss is Kinuthia and DIG of KPS is Njoroge.
The position is key in security of the country because as the IG, one runs the National Police Service as the CEO.
He is in charge of the 100,000 personnel in KPS, AP, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and General Service Unit. He sits in several security meetings that make critical decisions for the country. The IG gives directions on various operational matters in the country.
The law says the IG shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament.
The President shall, within 14 days after a vacancy occurs in the office, nominate a person for appointment as an IG and submit the name of the nominee to Parliament.
Parliament shall, within 14 days after it first meets after receiving the names of the nominee, consider the suitability of the nominee; either approve or reject the nominee for appointment; and the Speaker of the National Assembly shall notify the President of the decision of Parliament.
If Parliament approves the nominee, the President shall, within seven days after receiving the notification to that effect, appoint the nominee as the IG.
Boinnet’s exit has elicited a mixture of reactions from various quarters with some saying he failed in many fronts while others stating he had succeeded in many ways.
For instance, those opposed to him say he presided over extrajudicial killing period and indiscipline rose under his period.
But under his watch, a number of reforms have been implemented or are being implemented. For instance, each of the country’s 290 constituencies or sub-counties was named as a police division under the command of the sub-county police commander.
This was a radical shift from the hitherto divisions that were under Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPDs).
In further boosting the command level at the grassroots, all chiefs’ camps that were initially manned by APs, were converted into police posts. Police station
Each of the country’s wards was given a police station and put under the command of the ward police commander, replacing the former Officer Commanding Police Stations (OCS).
Police also adopted a new uniform under his leadership.
It was during his tenure that security agencies adopted a multi-agency approach, which saw regular cooperation between the agencies.
Incidents of cattle rustling went down following various approaches that the police adopted.
By AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, Washington, United States, Mar 23 – The ovaries of transgender men appear to remain functional even after a year of receiving hormonal treatment with testosterone, according to a small Israeli study presented Saturday in the United States.
Transgender men are born female but self-identify as male. Not all of them undergo gender reassignment surgery but lots of them take hormones to make their bodies more masculine.
Doctors from Tel Aviv-Sourasky Medical Center studied 52 transgender men aged between 17 and 40 for a year after they began receiving injections of testosterone.
They had access to the complete results for 32 of them, which is a small sample but studies of this kind are rare.
“Our research shows for the first time that after one year of testosterone treatment, ovary function is preserved to a degree that may allow reproduction,” said the study’s lead investigator, Yona Greenman.
“This information is important for transgender men and their partners who desire to have their own children,” Greenman said.
The level of the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) dropped off after 12 months of treatment but remained in the normal range for fertility, said the researchers, who will present their findings at the annual conference of the Endocrine Society in New Orleans this weekend.
The level of this hormone is an indicator of the so-called ovarian reserve and is used by doctors to assess the remaining egg supply.
There seems to be little chance of a reprieve for Kenyans against the ongoing drought even as they expect the long rains to start pouring down later this month.
This is because the drought, which has left at least 1.1 million people in need of urgent food aid, will not be ending soon and may actually spread out according to the latest predictions by the Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD).
Cyclone Idai may have killed more than 500 people and devastated thousands in the southern African nations of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, but in Kenya, the storm is expected to leave millions hungrier, according to KMD.
According to the weatherman, the onset of long rains has delayed because the cyclone delayed the movement of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) — a belt of low pressure near the equator, “where trade winds of the northern and southern hemispheres come together” to create favourable conditions for rains.
As the government and food aid agencies continue distributing food and water to starving Kenyans in different parts especially in Turkana, Baringo and some parts of Coast and northern Kenya, more will need food aid in the coming months as the March-April- May rainfall is expected to be short and sparsely distributed.
Although above-average rainfall for most parts of the country was expected except for parts of Eastern Kenya and the Coastal regions in accordance with the Climate Outlook, the situation has abruptly changed due to the cyclone, said KMD in its latest weather update.
“The seasonal rainfall onset was also expected to be timely over several parts of the country. However, a tropical cyclone known as “IDAI” located in the Mozambican Channel has delayed the northward movement of the rain-bearing ITCZ,” said Stella Aura, the Acting director of meteorological services at KMD, in a briefing.
According to the update, “the cyclone significantly reduced moisture influx into the country and led to the continued sunny and dry weather conditions over the better part of the country.”
And more depressing is the fact that there is a possibility of more tropical cyclones which may further delay rains in the eastern parts of the country and prolonged dry spells in the western counties despite timely onset of the rains.
Also in play is the neutral to cooler than average sea surface temperatures along the Kenyan Coast and very warm sea surface temperatures to the east of which contributed to the delay in the establishment of the ITCZ over Kenya.
Former Civic United Front secretary general Seif Sharif Hamad has defected to the Alliance for Change and Transparency -Wazalendo party, ending a three-year leadership wrangle in Zanzibar’s leading opposition party.
Mr Hamad’s defection immediately after the High Court in Dar es Salaam threw out his petition challenging Prof Ibrahim Lipumba’s chairmanship of the Civic United Front was a culmination of behind-the-scenes negotiations with three Tanzania Mainland opposition parties as he sought an exit.
ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe on Thursday joined Mr Hamad in a homecoming tour of Zanzibar where they were expected to visit Mr Hamad’s strongholds in Pemba and Unguja Islands.
The CUF enjoys a near-fanatical following in Zanzibar and made significant inroads into the Mainland during the last general election in 2015, more than doubling its MPs.
Mr Hamad holds commanding sway among party supporters whom ACT-Wazalendo hopes to welcome alongside the man they say has remained steadfast in advancing their interests since the 1990s.
Prof Lipumba, who for years worked alongside Hamad, resigned from the position of party chairman in the heat of the 2015 elections, but returned in 2016 to claim the position.
His faction has accused the government through the Registrar of Political Parties of engineering the split in the party by propping up Prof Lipumba.
Mbarara Maharagande, a former CUF spokesperson, told The EastAfrican that at least one million membership cards had been issued to prospective defectors to ACT-Wazalendo.
“We are confident we will print as many more in the coming weeks,” he said.
Sources said that Mr Hamad’s faction settled for ACT-Wazalendo fearing stiff competition within Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) which was also likely to grapple with its own internal rivalries between their leading lights for the presidential ticket.
Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe hinted they were interested in recruiting Mr Hamad but said they have taken it in their stride his decision to join ACT-Wazalendo.
“We will work with him from his new base to strengthen our unity,” he said.
Awadhi Ali Said, a former president of Zanzibar Law Society said that Mr Hamad’s defection puts ACT-Wazalendo on equal footing with Chadema in coalition-building ahead of the 2020 elections.
“The defection also raises Mr Kabwe’s stake should he choose to run for the Union presidency, with Mr Hamad in Zanzibar,” said Mr Awadhi.
In Chadema, the defection back to CCM of 2015 opposition presidential candidate Edward Lowassa means the party will likely front Mr Mbowe or its firebrand Singida East MP Tundu Lissu for the top seat.
Mr Lissu is currently in Belgium, where he has been receiving treatment from injuries sustained in a failed assassination attempt in September 2017.