Hillary Mutyambai has been sworn in as the new Inspector General Police replacing Joseph Boinett. The swearing-in was presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court Building on Monday.
In his speech, Mutyambai made public that he is determined to root out corruption that has been persistent in the Police department affirming his commitment to the task by promising to initiate an internal affairs unit that will independently investigate corruption cases within the unit.
“I am fully in support the ongoing fight against corruption and I want to be clear that we must all join hands in the fight against the vice. We as the National Police Service we play our enforcement role guided by high fidelity to the law and also ensure we eliminate corruption within our rank and file. I will initiate a system that enhances accountability and responsibility with the National Police Service that will enhance and expand the work of the independent internal affairs unit to investigate corruption cases within the police service, ” Said Inspector Mutyambai.
The New IG endeavored to ensure police respect human rights and fundamental freedoms as stipulated in the constitution of Kenya and punish those who abuse their power. He also said he will implement the police service information management system which seeks to digitize the occurrence book and the case file management system enabling members of the public to track the process of their complaints and give them feedback and compliments.
“I endeavor to make sure all police officers respect human rights and fundamental freedom according to the constitution of Kenya, but equally remind all of us that police officer have the rights too which must be respected, I will stand by the officers firmly and fairly, without fear or favor or ill will but equally deal with those who abuse police power and privileges,” he said.
Under his rule, the dilapidated conditions of the police stations and the working conditions will be improved for better service delivery, making sure that the police officers live in decent and affordable homes.
“I intend to continue with the reforms under the theme of enhancing police service delivery at the grassroots and we will be keen to transform each police station into a center of delivery for policing services. We will endeavor to build new police stations and renovate the old ones to meet the modern policing standards and improve the working conditions of our police officers,” said Mutyambai.
The 55-year-old Mutyambai becomes the third Inspector General of Police under the new constitutional with 27 years of investigative and law enforcement experience, previously served as Deputy Director Counter-Terrorism at the National Intelligence Service.
Former IG, Joseph Boinett congratulated Mutyambai on his new appointment saying that Mutyambai is a man he has known for many years as a steadfast servant of the people.