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Deputy Police IG Edward Mbugua retires

Edward Njoroge Mbugua, the Deputy Police Inspector General, has retired.

Mr Mbugua retired on Monday, March 20, 2023, after serving in the National Police Service (NPS) for close to four decades.

National Police Service Commission (NPSC) boss Mr Eliud Kinuthia said that Mr Mbugua, 63, was replaced by Mr Abdalla Komesha who is the principal assistant to the Inspector General.

“He will serve in the position for the next two weeks. I have approved the retirement of Mr Mbugua and appointed Mr Komesha who will serve in an acting capacity,” Mr Kinuthia said.

It is worth noting that Mr Komesha has served in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) unit and worked under the bank fraud unit to be precise.

He is currently the Principal assistant to the Inspector General of Police Japheth Koome.

Mr Mbugua could have retired in 2019, but former President Uhuru Kenyatta made a decision to extend his term to July 2023.

This means that Mr Mbugua, made the decision to leave four months before his term could officially end.

Prior to his position as Deputy Inspector General, Mbugua served as the Commandant of the Presidential Escort Unit.

Mr Mbugua holds a diploma in International studies from the University of Nairobi.

He has been on the forefront in making calls to the government to ensure that it focuses on the welfare of police officers in the country.

In 2021, while appearing before Members of Parliament, Mr Mbugua said that officers were working for long hours and this was one of the reasons they were falling into depression.

“We have 400 police stations in this country without police vehicles. How do they go to the crime scenes?”

The DIG told MPs that unless the working environment is improved, police officers will continue to suffer from depression and stress.

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