It appears the bad blood between the National Police Service Commission and the Inspector General of the Police is far from over. As it continues, more careers of illustrious policemen are on the line, as each side try to form a police service from a former police force that will dance to their wimps.
Lost in this bruising ego and territorial battle are the over 40 million kenyans whose security are at stake, with dwindling personal safety fortunes.
In the just concluded vetting of second tier officers of the police force, the Kavulundi led team dismissed long serving police officers Peter Eregai, Jonathan Koskei and Francis Okonya.
While Okonya’s dismissal may have had something to do with his rank, being senior than one of the Deputy IGs, the sacking of Peter Eregai and Jonathan Koskei may have been a sweet revenge served while still fresh to the man at the top of the police force- IG David Kimaiyo.
Both Peter Eregai and Jonathan Koskei worked in the office of the IG at police headquarters. Eregai was the man in charge of Administration while Koskei was in charge of police reforms.
Eregai, after incessant frustrations for the last decade, a period which spanned the rein of Mohammed Ali and Eric Kiraithe as police commissioners, was brought back to the top of police command by IG Kimaiyo, and then Head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia. To show the confidence of the Inspector General on Eregai, he made him the man in charge of administration.
Pundits hit out the Kavulundi vetting panel of ‘natural selection’ of police officers, as those whom the panel have retained are known to be more corrupt and inept than the officers shown the door.
However, the sacking of Eregai and Koskei will be another headache for Deputy President William Ruto who will have to handle the political tectonics coming from the vetting. The exit of the two now leaves only IG Kimaiyo as the top kalenjin in the force – a force which just a decade ago ‘belonged to the Kalenjins’.
Considering the ‘rumours’ doing rounds in the possible appointments in the military, the second most populous Jubilee vote machine finds itself increasingly being sidelined in what is clearly an systematic, well-planned and deliberate succession politics in the country’s security apparatus.
During the same vetting,Â General Service Unit (GSU) Commandant William Saiya, Kiganjo Police Training College Commandant Peter Kavila, the Director of the Small Arms Secretariat John Patrick Ochieng and Abdi Shurie of the Administration Police Training College were however found fit to continue serving in the force. Both Saiya and Kavila are personal friends of Kavulindi. How Ochieng’ survived despite being found to earn two salaries is intriguing.
The fired officers are widely expected to appeal the NPSC verdict.