Kenyatta Gets More Powers on Police Boss Appointment


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The organizations are, Office of the President, the Public Service Commission, the National Police Service Commission, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority; the National gender and Equality Commission and the Law Society of Kenya.

The Public Service Commission shall convene the first meeting of the selection panel at which a chairperson will be elected from among the members.

Seven days after the first meeting of its convening, the selection panel shall invite applications from people who qualify for nomination and appointment as Inspector General.

Thereafter, the panel will shortlist for interview and select three names to be forwarded to the President.

The President shall, within 14 days of receipt of the names of successful applicants, nominate and forward to Parliament the name of one person appointment.

Parliament shall within 14 days after receiving names of the nominee approve or reject the nominee.

If the Parliament approves the nominee, the President shall, within seven days, appoint the nominee as the Inspector General.

The timing of this development is very crucial considering the huge public outcry over increased terrorism cases and police’s failure to stop the killings.

The law also provides for the establishment of a service board, which shall consist of the Inspector General, the two deputies, Director of Criminal Investigations Department and head of human resource management.

The law will see the Inspector General become the accounting officer of the National Police Service (NPS).

The new police Act, gives law enforcement officers a clearer and more effective power to protect the public.

The amendment clarifies and simplifies complex police powers thereby enabling them maintain law and order.

National symbols

President Kenyatta also assented to the National Flag, Emblems and Names Amendment Bill 2014.

The law allows Governors to fly their custom designed County flag.

The county governments through a legal process will be allowed to design their coat of arms and seals to be used on their flags.

Only the President, Deputy President, the Chief Justice, Cabinet Secretaries, the Speaker of National Assembly, the Speaker of the Senate and Kenyan Diplomats in foreign missions will be free to fly the national flag.

The amended law however prohibits other Kenyans from flying the national flag and persons contravening the law are liable to a fine of ksh.1 million or five year imprisonment or both.

President Kenyatta also signed the Supplementary Appropriation Act 2014.

The Supplementary Appropriation Amendment Act allows the National Treasury to release Ksh. 41,092,557, 572 from the Consolidated Fund to finance Government operations for the remaining period of 2013-2014 financial year.

Among the beneficiaries are the Presidency including general administration and planning which was allocated ksh. 673,620,620 as recurrent expenditure.

Konza Technopolis Development Authority and E-Government under the Ministry of Information Communication Technology are also set to benefit from the supplementary funds.

Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi presented the Bills to the President for assent. Solicitor General Njee Muturi and Clerk to the National Assembly Justin Bundi witnessed the ceremony.


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