A former director of Police operations David Mwole Kimaiyo is leading the race to become the country’s first Inspector-General. (Read: Police agency nominates candidates for top job)
Mr Kimaiyo, currently the head of the National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons, came top among the three candidates short-listed by the National Police Service commission on Tuesday.
He scored the highest points, with 86.48 per cent, followed by his deputy at the Small Arms, Mr John Patrick Ochieng’ Owino.
Kenya Airports Police Unit (Kapu) boss Grace Kaindi came third. Ms Kaindi, the former Nyanza police boss, was the first to face the interviewing panel.
She had told the commission that if appointed police boss, she would engage officers who retired honourably.
“Retired officers have interacted with the public and may be an asset to the service, especially now that we have an inadequate number of officers,” she said.
CID boss Francis Ndegwa Muhoro who had been interviewed for the position of the deputy Inspector-General in charge of the Kenya Police was graded the best.
Best in the category
Railways PCIO Judy Ndeda Chebet came second followed by former police spokesman Jasper Nyauma Ombati, currently attached to the UN mission in Sudan.
The current acting Administration police commandant emerged the best in the category of those who were interviewed for the position of the deputy Inspector general in charge of the AP.
Mr Samuel Arachi scored 90.22 per cent and was followed by the deputy CID director, Gideon Kimilu.
Superintendent of Police from the General Service Unit (GSU) David Karugu Ngondi came next.
Commission chairman Johnson Kavuludi said the names will be gazetted today and then forwarded the President “who will reconsider our recommendations in consultation with the Prime Minister before forwarding to Parliament”.
He said some of the candidates were not nominated because their certificates were questionable.
Some 102 candidates applied for the positions, but only 27 were short-listed for interviews that were conducted between November 9 and 17.
The current police boss Mathew Iteere did not apply for any of the positions.