Five senior police officers, including Kenya Police College Commandant Kingori Mwangi and former GSU boss William Sayia, have been transferred to Public Service Commission for redeployment.
The National Police Service (NPSC) has also extended the contract of the Deputy Inspector-General in charge of Kenya Police Service Edward Mbugua for four years, bringing to an end intense lobbying for the top job.
Other officers transferred to PSC, include the former Kenya Police Head of Legal Stanley Cheruiyot, Kitoo Kapchanga of Inspector-General’s office, and Peter Mwania of Police headquarters.
All the affected officers were informed of the transfers by the PSC in a letter dated November 1.
The new Kenya Police College Commandant is Mr Japheth Koome, who early 2018 replaced Kingori at the Vigilance House as DIG Edward Mbugua’s deputy.
Kingori, who now heads to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had replaced Noor Gabow after he was named the DIG, Administration Police.
Mr Sayia was also last year transferred to the Interior Ministry together with the former Central Regionional Commander Gideon Amalla and Peter Mwanzia of Vigilance House.
The reasons for the transfers were not immediately established but sources said they were to manage and influence the succession politics and also some of the officers had been implicated in some malpractices.
In February 2018, the National Police Service Commission and the former Inspector-General Joseph Boinnet planned to remove senior police officers by transferring them to PSC.
They included: Fred Mwei, who was Administration Police, DIG Noor Gabow’s deputy, King’ori Mwangi, former APTU chief Nyale Munga, the head of criminal records Patrick Ndunda, Maalim Abubakar (criminal intelligence unit), Fred Maingi (director personnel) and Robert Kitur of the Kenya Police Reserve.
After the law was passed to give the President powers to pick the police bosses, the Act was repealed to remove the role of the Parliament.
As a result, the President shall, on recommendation of the NPSC, appoint the DIG within 14 days of a vacancy occurring.