By John Gerezani
The Prisons department is going through very interesting moments sometimes bordering on the hilarious.
The dust raised by the recent promotion exercise is yet to settle but that has not stopped endless speculation and anxiety regarding the next phase of the programme granted that all this is happening in a transitional period as the department gears for a new administrative structure in line with the Constitution.
It must have been daunting for the normally reserved Izzo to go public to answer the numerous complaints that had arisen out of the neti promotions going to the extent of offering to personally address those grievances. The jury is out on how it will end.
Focus has now turned to the question of where and when the promotional courses are going to take place. Will there be staggered training over a couple of months at PSTC or will everyone report to Ruiru at the same time with the Chief Officers being routed to Manyani/ Magadi and the NCOs taking their paces at the college?
Since the Salo is expected to be backdated to July 2011 when is the boom coming and will it affect the training programme? Those are the questions top most on everyone’s lips at the moment.
Did l mention structures? Izzo is behind other gava departments in appointing County Commanders as Provincial Commanders are eased out or re-deployed. Eyes are all out on how lzzo will play with regional, gender and minorities balance as he makes the crucial 47 appointments.
One preponderant view is that the dude has a perfect opportunity to break with tradition and re-energize his reform agenda which many a time has been held hostage by vested interests personified in a cabal of conservative old guards who take their vaunted positions with a sense of entitlement.
I must advise Izzo that pouring new wine into old wineskins will take the department back to the analogous and antiquated management practices which gave neti a bad name in the past.
In making the appointments lzzo must be guided by merit as he picks chaps who will take neti to the next level. It is an open secret that neti ranks highly in the number of degree/diploma holders within the disciplined forces and its from this pool that forward looking leaders should be picked.
Having said that, Izzo must also be alive to the political booby traps ahead as he deftly weaves his magic wand in making those appointments.