The new postings of county commanders and county police commandants by Interior Cabinet Secretary Gen. Joseph Nkaissery appear to place volatile opposition strongholds under security command of ‘outsiders’.Â As 2017 approaches, it is imperative that the government posts police officers in whichever regions with sensitivity to perceptions which are likely to be formed on those officers.
The full list of the reshuffle by Interior CS however reveals that Kikuyus and Kalenjins dominate the new postings with revelations that in some regions, for instance Migori, the whole county security apparatus is controlled by either Kikuyus or Kalenjins, despite the area being predominantly Luo.
One may argue that this doesn’t matter and it is ‘utumishi kwa wote’ but in this country sits the Kriegler Reports which indicted the very domination of national government security command by one or two ethnic groups leading to the animosities between communities and law enforcement which precipitated the 2007/08 violence.
Yet, the new county security reshuffle reveal the Jubilee regime is hellbent on repeating the same deadly mistakes which Kibaki’s security system did in pre-2007 elections.
In Siaya County, the new county commissioner is Joseph Rotich while police commandant is John Murage (SSP). In Migori, the new commissioner is J.K Chepchieng while the county police commandant is David Kirui. In Migori, the DCIO and OCS are also Kalenjins while OCPD is a Kikuyu.
The same pattern is replicated in Kisumu, where the new county commandant is John Elungata while police boss is Joseph Chepkeitany Limo.
In Bungoma and Kakamega, the new police bosses are Kikuyus while in Vihiga and Kakamega, the county commissioners also come from Mt. Kenya.
In Mombasa, also a CORD zone, Nelson Marwa, a government apoligist has been retained and Francis Mwangi posted as police commandant.In Machakos and Kitui, Julius Mathenge and Boaz Cherutich are the new county commissioners respectively.
More details to follow