By CYRUS OMBATI
Parliament on Thursday approved David Kimaiyo's appointment as the first Inspector General of Police .
President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga had nominated Kimaiyo for the top post and forwarded his name to parliament for debate and approval by MPs.
David Kimaiyo was born on July 1, 1960 and has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Administration from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and from KCA University.
He also undertook a course from the University of Leicester for his MSC, also holds a Bachelor of Theology from the Beacon University of Institute Ministry in USA, a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom, a Master of Theology from the Beacon University of Institute Ministry, USA.
He is currently pursuing a PhD in Criminology and Social order from the University o f Nairobi.
Until his appointment to the Inspector post, he has been the Director/Coordinator of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons.
He served as a Senior Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture from 2008 – 2009.
He was the Director of Operations of the Kenya Police from 2003 to 2008.
He was Coordinator of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons from 2003 to 2004 and Commandant General Service Unit (GSU) from 2002 to 2003.
Kimaiyo also served as the Commander Presidential Escort Unit (PEU) from 1999 to 2002 and holds an advanced VIP protection Course from Tel Aviv in Israel.
According to his CV, he has Certificate on the Regional Implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPOA) on Small Arms and Light Weapons and on Strategic Trade Control Implementation, Legal Regulatory Training, from the University of Georgia Centre for International Trade and Security, Washington DC in USA attained in 2012.
He also holds a Certificate in Arms Making for Stockpile Management, Nairobi attained in 2010.
Kimaiyo’s CV says he attained a Certificate in illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons Course (ILEA) from Gaborone Botswana in 2004 and in the same year acquired a special training in Crisis management and contingency Planning Course RIPA International United Kingdom.
He holds several awards such Order of the Chief of Burning Spear (CBS), Order of the Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS), Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS), Head of State Commendation among others.
He becomes the first IG under the new constitution.