Japhet Koome Approved As IG Mutyambai's Successor
Ruto had indicated that Koome will succeed Mutyambai who resigned and proceeded to terminal leave...
Japhet Koome will be Kenya's next Inspector General of Police, succeeding Hilary Mutyambai who resigned on Tuesday, September 27.
A joint committee of the Senate and the National Assembly approved his candidature on Wednesday, November 8, a day after he appeared before the committee for vetting.
Koome will now take the reins from Noor Gabow who served in an acting capacity as the Police IG. He also succeeds Mutyambai, whose resignation was announced by President William Ruto.
Ruto had indicated that Koome will succeed Mutyambai who resigned and proceeded to terminal leave. He underwent vetting in Parliament before being sworn in as dictated by the Constitution.
The police veteran had disclosed during the vetting that he is worth Ksh89 million, comprising of his investments, property and shares.
Lawmakers however challenged him to explain the sources of his income and in particular, his net worth.
"I have a share capital in the Police Sacco, I have vehicles, two tractors for farming, 37 acres of land in my rural home, two plots within the local shopping centre, my land in Nairobi where I have lived for 22 years and another two plots in Kitengela," he said.
Koome made his case clear before the vetting panel, arguing that his 31 years of experience in the force coupled with a clean record was enough for him to handle the role effectively.
He argued that Mutyambai had joined the National Police Service (NPS) two years after he did and rose to the top post after serving for 19 years in the service. He also said he lasted longer than former Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.
“The former DCI boss joined the service after me…The outgoing IG joined the service two years after me. At the time of his appointment, the former DCI boss had served 19 years yet I have served for 30 years. You can check my appraisals,” the former commandant said.
“Fellow officers are now excited that one of their own, who joined the service as a constable is today being vetted to be the Inspector-General,” he said.
Koome has previously served as the Nairobi County Police Commander before being appointed as Commandant of the National Police Service College, Kiganjo.
He is also a Civil Engineer by training, having graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1990.