Deputy Police Inspector General Edward Mbugua retired on Monday, March 20, after more than 30 years in the service.
Confirming the exit, National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairman Eliud Kinuthia stated that the 63-year-old police boss would be temporarily replaced by the principal assistant to the Inspector General, Abdalla Komesha.
Abdalla will serve in acting capacity for 14 days before a permanent replacement is announced.
“I can confirm that the commission has approved the retirement of Mr Edward Mbugua and appointed Abdalla Komesha in an acting capacity,” Kinuthia stated.
During the virtual meeting, Kinuthia added that Mbugua was a hardworking officer who had dedicated his life to his career.
“He is available for consultations on policing matters. We will know the way forward after 14 days,” Kinuthia added.
Mbugua had reached the 60-year retirement age two years earlier but his contract was extended to July 2023.
In 2019, retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and the (NPSC) extended his tenure, choosing not to appoint a substantive replacement.
Prior to his position as Deputy Inspector General, Mbugua served as the Commandant of the Presidential Escort Unit.
On the other hand, Komesha has a decorated career as a law enforcer including serving as a DCI officer and working with the Banking Fraud Unit.
He had also worked at the National Counter Terrorism Centre in Karen.
The National Police Service is headed by Inspector General Japhet Koome who has two deputies, one in charge of the Kenya Police Service and the other in charge of the Administration Police.