8 Powerful Figures Who Will Stay in Power After Uhuru Retires

  • From left; NIS boss Major General Philip Kameru, CDF General Robert Kibochi and CJ Martha Koome.
    From left; NIS boss Major General Philip Kameru, CDF General Robert Kibochi and CJ Martha Koome.
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  • As President Uhuru Kenyatta prepares to exit office in August, he will leave behind eight powerful civil servants who will continue serving the next government until their terms in office are over.

    These eight figures are not affected by change of guard at the presidency since they are protected by the Constitution.

    Gen. Robert Kariuki Kibochi

    General Kibochi is the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) following his promotion and appointment on May 4, 2020 by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    Chief of Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi
    Chief of Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi
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    Kibochi is Kenya's highest ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the President and the National Security Council.

    He will stay in power until 2024, subject for renewal of his term by the sitting Head of State.

    Gen. Kibochi was born in Nakuru on August 15, 1959. He is married to Tabitha and blessed with four daughters and a grandson.

    Hillary Nzioki Mutyambai

    Mutyambai is the current and the third Inspector General of the National Police Service (NPS) and a Commissioner of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).

    Before being elevated to the current position, he served as the Director in charge of Counter Terrorism at the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

    Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai
    Police Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai.
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    Some of key roles Mutyambai plays include receiving and referring civilian complaints to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, the Director of Public Prosecutions or the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where necessary.

    He was appointed IG by Uhuru in April 2019.

    Martha Karambu Koome

    Koome is a Kenyan advocate, currently serving as the Chief Justice (CJ) and the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya. She is the first woman to occupy the office having been appointed in 2021 following a competitive recruitment process by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

    Chief Justice Martha Koome reading her ruling on the BBI Appeal at the Supreme Court on March 31, 2022.
    Chief Justice Martha Koome reading her ruling on the BBI Appeal at the Supreme Court on March 31, 2022.
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    As the Chairperson of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), Koome has a lead role in setting policies for the administration of justice and the running of the judicial arm of the government.

    The Chief Justice also takes part in the selection and recruitment of Judges and Magistrates who are appointed by the JSC.

    Like all Judges, the Chief Justice serves until the age of 70 years. However, Judges have an option for early retirement once they reach the age of 65 years. No matter their age, an individual may not serve for more than ten years as the Chief Justice.

    George Kinoti

    Kinoti is the current Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss.

    He holds a Master’s Degree in Security Management and an Undergraduate degree in Sociology and Geography option. He is a long serving and outstanding Police Officer having served in various ranks and stations since his enlistment in 1992.

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    DCI Director George Kinoti drinks tea prepared and served by Gilbert Kibaara
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    Before his appointment as the Director of DCI, he was the Director of Communications/spokesman of the National Police Service and had earlier served as the Head of Security and Investigation Services at the Central Bank of Kenya.

    Maj Gen Philip Wachira Kameru

    Gen Kameru is the Director General, National Intelligence Service (NSI).

    NIS is a disciplined civilian intelligence agency established under under Article 242 of the Constitution. He is responsible for security intelligence and counter intelligence, besides performing other functions prescribed by national legislations.

    NIS Director General, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru
    NIS Director General, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru

    Kameru was sworn in in September 2014 and has provided outstanding leadership in Kenya as the mastermind behind the success of Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

    He plays a key role in government to ensure safety of all Kenyans and safeguard country from extremism.

    Twalib Mbarak

    Twalib Abdallah Mbarak is the second Secretary/Chief Executive Officer since the Ethics and Anti Corruption (EACC) was established to replace the defunct Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) in 2012.

    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak.
    Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Twalib Mbarak.
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    He took over from Halakhe Waqo whose six-year tenure expired on January 10, 2019.

    The CEO effectively uses the resources available to tackle impactful investigations. He also conducts a comprehensive audit of cases with a view to prioritize investigations based on factors such as the value of the subject matter, personalities involved and public interest.

    Twalib's term will expire in 2022 but can be renewed based on his appointees preference.

    Noordin Mohamed Haji

    Haji is the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), having replaced Keriako Tobiko who resigned in 2018. He is the second DPP after the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, which made the Office of the DPP an independent entity from the Attorney General's office.

    File Photo of Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji during past media forum
    File Photo of Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji during past media forum
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    The core functions of Haji include prosecution of those charged by the police and other investigative agencies with criminal offences while upholding, protecting and promoting human and constitutional rights.

    Haji was appointed by Uhuru in 2018 and will stay in power for eight years after which his term cannot be renewed.

    Patrick Ngugi Njoroge 

    Njoroge is a Kenyan economist, banker and the ninth governor of the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK). He was appointed to the position by Uhuru in June 2015.

    CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge speaking at the MPC May Conference
    CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge during the May MPC Conference. PHOTO: TWITTER

    The governor is the Chief Executive Officer of CBK, responsible for its overall management. The governor is also the Bank's official spokesperson.

    Together with his deputy, they serve for a four-year term each and are eligible for a further appointment of one additional term.

    These eight figure, will continue playing their roles as civil servants after President Uhuru exits.

    The president has already appointed a Transition Committee which will oversee the handover of power to his successor.

    The members of the committee are Joseph Kinyua (Head of Public Service), Dr. Fred Matiangi (Interior CS), Karanja Kibicho (Interior PS), Hillary Mutyambai (IG), Gen. Robert Kibochi (Defence Head), NIS boss Kameru, Anne Amadi, Kinuthia Mbugua, AG Kihara Kariuki, PS Jerome Ochieng, PS Julius Muia, PS Macharia Kamau, PS Julius Korir, PS Joe Okudo, and Solicitor General Ken Ogeto.

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