New police service chair promises to fast-track reforms

Written By: Ben Njue/Margaret Kalekye

The new commission takes over from the Johnstone Kavuludi-led team

The new National Police Service Commission (NPSC) chairman Eliud Kinuthia has pledged to restore confidence in the National Police Service and spearhead the transformation agenda.

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He was speaking Monday during the swearing in of six NPSC commissioners by Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court. The ceremony was witnessed by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua.

Kinuthia said he will endeavour to make the police service commission even better and ensure the team meets the expectations of Kenyans.

He said of priority is to fast-track the police reforms in its first 100 days of service.

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Kinuthia also asked all stakeholders to work together to ensure security in the country is beefed up.

He was sworn in together with commissioners’ Lilian Kiamba, Eusebias Kaluti, Naftali Rono, Alice Atieno and Joseph ole Moyaki.

On his part, Kinyua promised government support to the commission.

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Maraga hailed the noble work the police service perform under challenging situations and promised to support the integration and digitization process currently underway between the DCI and the Judiciary.

“Yours is a constitutional appointment and as the Judiciary, we will be there to give you the support that you need in the implementation of these reforms,” said the Chief Justice

The commission is expected to be in office for a six-year non-renewable term.

The new commission takes over from the Johnstone Kavuludi-led team which came into office in 2012

About NPSC

The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) is one of the independent commissions established under Chapter Fifteen of the Constitution 2010. The Commission is established under Article 246 of the Constitution. It took over, among other functions, the human resource management function of the Police Service, that previously was being handled by the Public Service Commission.

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The commission is mandated to:

  • Recruit and appoint persons to hold or act in office in the police service, confirm appointments and determine promotions and transfers within the National Police Service
  • Observing due process, exercise disciplinary control over and remove persons holding or acting in offices within the service
  • Perform any other functions as prescribed by the national legislation.

Meanwhile, the Public Service Commission (PSC) Board has appointed Mr. Simon Rotich Acting Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Public Service Commission.

PSC Chairman Mr. Stephen Kirogo announced the Board’s decision to replace Dr. Alice Otwala as Secretary/Chief Executive Officer for PSC following her appointment as Commissioner National Police Service Commission.

Prior to the appointment, Mr. Rotich was Deputy Secretary, Corporate Services at the Commission, and was the substantive Deputy to the Secretary/CEO.

Mr. Rotich has a 27 years’ experience in civil service, having served in various capacities, rising from District Officer, District Commissioner, Assistant Secretary, Under-Secretary, Deputy Secretary, Senior Deputy Secretary and Director of Administration.

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He also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) in acting capacity from 2011 to 2012.

Dr. Otwala takes to the National Police Service Commission a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience of 35 years in Public Administration.

At the Public Service Commission, she ascended from an Assistant Secretary to the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission.

Previously, she served in different government Ministries and departments including Trade, East African Community, Foreign Affairs, Agriculture, Office of the President and the Public Service Commission.

During her tenure as the Secretary/CEO of the PSC, she led the commission from the old to new constitutional dispensation that gave PSC an expanded mandate.

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