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Fresh hope for police reforms

Monday August 9 2010

By Nation Reporter

The team implementing police reforms has been asked to harmonise the proposals with the new law.

Key among the changes is the appointment of an Inspector-General to head the two policing arms — the Administration Police (AP) and the Kenya Police.

“We asked them to sit again and check what is not in tandem with the Constitution. In the meantime the committee is implementing the reforms,” said Internal security assistant minister Orwa Ojodeh.

Kenya Airways boss Titus Naikuni heads the team implementing the Justice Philip Ransley report to improve morale of officers and quality of policing.

The new constitution creates a National Police Service headed by an Inspector General, with two deputies from the AP and regular police.

The President will appoint the Inspector-General, who will be approved by Parliament to serve a single four-year term.


A new entity, the National Police Service Commission, will oversee appointments, transfers and promotions in the force.

The new law guarantees top police officer security of tenure and protects them from political machinations.