UDA MP Florence Jematiah Asks Ruto to Fire IG Koome

President William Ruto (left) and Police IG Japhet Koome.
President William Ruto (left) and Police IG Japhet Koome.

Baringo Woman Representative Florence Jematiah has asked President William Ruto to show Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome the door for failing to end banditry in the region.

Addressing a congregation on Saturday, the lawmaker accused Koome of sleeping on the job instead of adopting a hands-on approach in trying to eradicate the menace.

She argued that lives in the region have continued to be lost while the inspector general has continued to remain silent on the matter.

"There is the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome. People are killed every day yet he is in Nairobi," she lamented.

Baringo Woman Representative Florence Jemaita giving an address.
Baringo Woman Representative Florence Jematia giving an address.
Florence Jemaita

"You can't be the police boss in Kenya and wait for a report when people are getting killed. Why should you wait for the report instead of going to investigate?" She stated.

Jematiah, who is a member of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, as a result, wants the Head of State to relieve the IG of his duties and name his replacement immediately.

She lamented that defending the state was increasingly becoming difficult on the backdrop of deaths in her county.

"We are asking the President to act on it because the task has defeated Koome. We are also in Government and it is hard to defend the government when people are dying," she added.

"You cannot defend the government when my work is to bury people every day. I am not happy to be a leader of people who are suffering. We are asking the President because the buck stops with you."

Jematiah's voice adds to a growing number of leaders across the divide dissatisfied with Koome's performance over insecurity in the region.

On April 1, Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot who is a member of the ruling party, asked him to resign for failing to end the conflict.

“If the IG (Koome) can not guarantee peace for Kenyans, he can step aside and pave the way for those with the ability to do so to take charge (of the docket)," he demanded.

On March 30, President William Ruto was pleased with the peace efforts in the North Rift after a meeting with security leaders among them Interior CS Kithure Kindiki, his Principal Secretary Raymond Omollo, IG Koome and his two deputies – Douglas Kanja and Noor Gabow.

“The security operation in the North Rift has had a significant impact in restoring peace. Recent incidents of cattle rustling and banditry are being handled with new additional measures," Ruto celebrated at the time.

Senate Majority Leader, Aaron Cheruiyot.
Senate Majority Leader Aaron Cheruiyot speaking at an event in Kericho County in January 2024.
Aaron Cheruiyot
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