By CYRUS OMBATI
Twenty-one senior police officers have been moved in changes that saw a new police commander appointed for Dadaab refugee camp.
The move is to help curb rising incidents of blasts targeting security agents. Four other new operational police officers have been moved to North Eastern to help in taming terror related incidents.
Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere transferred Francis Lemao to North Eastern Province as head of police operations to replace John Okelo, who moves to Kenya Police Airports Unit in the same capacity.
Hariet Abdi was moved to Western Province to head operations while Sharif Abdala is the new officer in charge of Dadaab camp and will be deputised by John Toroitich.
Iteere moved Aphiod Nyagah from Starehe division in Nairobi to Garissa. James Kimani is the new OCPD for Kitale. He will replace Lucas Ogaro, who has been moved to police headquarters. Samuel Anampiu is the new Starehe OCPD, John Katumo (Kigumo), Achesa Litabali (Ndhiwa), Job Lesikinwa (Molo) and Richard Bitonga (Nyatike).
The new Head of Special Crimes Prevention Unit is Said Kiprotich. He replaces John Koki who has been moved to North Eastern as deputy head of operations.
Mandera deputy OCPD Michael Mbaluka has been moved to Bomet in the same capacity and will be replaced by John Mwanyala while Richard Ngatia has been moved to Kiganjo Police College.
The changes come weeks after the entire police and provincial administration of North Eastern was moved as part of efforts to address insecurity.
This followed the July 1 incident in which gunmen attacked two churches in Garissa and killed 18 people and injured more than 60 other worshipers.
Since then, three other attacks have occurred in the province with the latest being on Wednesday in which six people, including three police officers were injured in an explosion.