Police officers countywide moved in mass transfers by National Police Service Commission

IG Joseph Boinnet with NPSC Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi (Photo: Courtesy

More than 200 police officers of the rank of chief inspector have been moved in changes effected by police headquarters.

The 233 officers include Officers Commanding Station (OCS'), those from traffic, General Service Unit (GSU), tourism police and general duties.

Officials say most of the officers are being moved for overstaying at one station for long, after promotion and out of disciplinary issues.

Those affected have until September 7 to report to their new stations.

Among those moved include Hardy OCS Benjamin Kisela who moves to police headquarters operations section and Langata head of traffic Fred Simiyu who moves to traffic headquarters.

The transfers had been held back over the August 8 polls. This was aimed at ensuring their morale is not affected ahead of the polls. And now that the polls are over, the changes are inevitable.

Police headquarters termed the changes normal and aimed at boosting operations for better services even as some of the affected officers said they had affected their lives including the families.

"When such transfers come in the mid of the year it affects even our children given they need to change schools," said one officer who asked not to be named.

Meanwhile, a number of senior officers have had their new ranks confirmed by the employer National Police Service Commission. The promotion and ranks had been pending for months.

And Mr Boniface Maingi has been confirmed the director of personnel at Vigilance House. He replaces Mr Stanley Lemai who retired several months ago. Maingi had been serving in the same capacity at the General Service Unit headquarters.