Mass Reshuffle in Matiang'i Ministry Ahead of August Election

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    Interior CS Fred Matiang'i addresses delegates at the National Miraa Scientific Conference held in Nairobi on Wednesday, October 27, 2021
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  • The Ministry of Interior has carried out a major reshuffle among its officers even as the country readies for the August 9 polls.

    In a circular seen by Kenyans.co.ke that was signed by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho to all the Regional Commissioners, the ministry announced the reshuffle of 132 Deputy County Commissioners (DCC) across the 47 counties.

    Additionally, Kibicho ordered the Regional Commissioners (RCs) to effect the changes immediately. The move by the government comes after the mass transfer of senior police officers across the 47 counties.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta gives an address in front of Harambee House in Nairobi CBD.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta gives an address in front of Harambee House in Nairobi CBD.
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    “The transfer of the underlisted Deputy County Commissioners has been agreed upon for immediate implementation. The officers should be released to report to their new stations immediately," the circular directed.

    Among the administrators affected were, James Kiprotich who was moved from Msambweni to the Office of the President (OOP) headquarters while Alinoor Ibrahim was transferred from OOP to Bungoma central.

    George Wakiama was moved to Yala, Siaya County to Ganze while Louis Kipngetich will assume the role of Wakiama in Ganze. Jane Katuse was moved from the office of the Nairobi RC to Kilungu, Makueni County.

    Other officers affected by the new changes were Elvis Koris who was moved from OOP to West Pokot while Joseph Kipkoris was moved from West Pokot to Bangale.

    The changes effected at CS Fred Matiangi's ministry comes less than six months before the country goes to the August polls.

    On numerous occasions, Matiang’i has stated that the government would beef up security in the country during the elections. 

    “We in the security sector are committed to the Roadmap to a Peaceful 2022 Elections and will walk the talk to ensure its realised.

    “Moving forward, National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) will coordinate with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) officials nationwide as they make preparations to deliver elections,” he stated in a past interview.

    Additionally, on February 8, Kibicho revealed that the government intended to recruit 5,000 new officers ahead of the August 9, polls.

    On January 28, the National Police Service (NPS) transferred 29 police officers as part of a restructuring to boost security in the country. Those affected were inspectors serving in as sub- County Commanders.

    This was after the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) boss moved more than 70 officers across the 47 counties.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i and Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho
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