Why Inspector David Kimaiyo Must Step Down

Monday, 9 December 2013

Kenya is celebrating 50 years for reasons that are worth. We have made major breakthroughs in technology, banking sector, governance with the center stage being devolution spearheaded by the new constitution,  infrastructure  and education-thumps up. In banking, we are slowly moving away from long queues  to the comfort of our homes and offices. We are celebrating a generation of instant news, instant texts, instant mails and instant money transfer.  Call it touch-generation where everything is wireless.
Against all these gains lie one area that is paramount to any Nation worth's its salt. An area that can bring down a country's’ gains and cripple her operations.  It is for these reasons that the position of Inspector General remains critical to the hearts of Kenyans and the development of this country.
Inspector David Kimaiyo is without doubt qualified , experienced and competent figure in his field having served as the commander of the presidential  Escort Unit (PEU), Commandant of the General service unit, Co-ordinator of the  Kenya National Focal point on small Arms and Light weapons and  the Director of Operations of the Kenya Police Unit.  
However, there is no history of great leaders without flaws. Despite police statistics indicating a decrease in Crime rate by 10 percent from January-May 2013 as compared to the same period 2012, there has been public outcry on the increased crime rate. A good number of Kenyans have lost their lives in Bungoma, Moyale, Marsabit, Mandera, Mombasa and many parts of the  country either through carjacking, kidnapping, robbery or Inter-community clashes. Sadly, the perpetrators of these murders, destruction's and violence are yet to be brought to justice. Kenyans in the recent past have continued to lose their lives under unclear circumstances in the coastal region and Northern Kenya with police showing minimal if not none efforts to bring justice to the affected. 
As much as terrorism still remains a global concern, the recent terror attack on our soil was a setback to this Nation despite the fact that the intelligence unit had prior information but didn’t act in time to curb the incident. Forget the power struggle between our law enforcers. Weeks after the heinous attack, Kenyans are yet to see justice and people held accountable for the neglect of duty.
The plight of our law enforcers  continues to deteriorate day by day leading to increased rates of crime as law enforcers collude with criminal gangs to robe off Kenyans their valuables.
It is for these reasons that I call upon Inspector general to step down to pave way for fresh ideas  since his tactics are no longer benefiting the public. This may be the only way to return Kenya to its former glory.

Reagan Nyadimo
Kenyatta University
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