IG nominee Japhet Koome sworn in to office today
The newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Mr. Japhet Koome was sworn into office on Friday, November 11, 2022.
Mr. Koome was approved by the National Assembly on Thursday, following his appointment and forwarding his name to parliament for approval. The Senate also approved him.
He will be sworn in at 8:30 am at the Supreme Court of Kenya by Chief Justice Martha Koome.
In parliament, political leaders said that he was able and showcased professionalism during his tenure.
The officer attracted praise from both the opposition and the government as the leaders said he was well educated and most suitable to run the office.
Further, they said, he met all the constitutional requirements of Chapter 6 on leadership and integrity, as well as those provided under Section 7(b) of the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act.
Mr. Koome has worked in the National Police Service (NPS) for 31 years, and since his appointment, he has been serving at the Kiganjo Police Training College in Kiganjo.
The officer took over from Mr. Hillary Mutyambai, who opted to resign from the office citing health complications.
Until today, the office was being run by Mr. Noor Gabow in an acting capacity.
During his vetting, Mr. Koome pledged to stop what he termed the rampant taking of bribes by police officers, saying that his administration would be tough on corruption. According to him, corruption allegations had given the NPS a bad name.
“This is a matter that has been in the public domain for long. We are at a point where we must stamp authority and eliminate corruption,” he told a joint committee of the National Assembly and the Senate when he appeared for vetting.
He said that the NPS has never trained police officers on how to collect bribes but why they should stop practicing it.
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