Profile: Japhet Koome, Inspector General nominee

Police IG nominee Japhet Koome when he appeared before the joint vetting National Security committee at County Hall, Nairobi on November 8, 2022. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

Japhet Koome, if approved by Parliament, will replace Hillary Mutyambai as the Inspector-General of Police.

He was nominated by President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 27.

  • Recruited into police service in 1981 as a graduate constable
  • First posting was in Nairobi as a police constable before moving to the Anti-Stock Theft Unit in Gilgil
  • Promoted to the rank of Inspector of Police while serving in Gilgil and stayed there until 1998
  •  1998: Transferred from the Anti-Stock Theft Unit to Buruburu as the deputy divisional commander
  • Was among officers who received anti-terrorism training at the Louisiana State Police Training Academy, US following the 1998 bomb blast in Nairobi
  • He was transferred to Machakos and promoted to OCPD after the US training before being recalled to Buruburu
  • In 2002, he was transferred to the City Centre to deal with bank robberies
  • He then moved to Kiganjo Training College as an instructor
  • 2005: Moved to Police Headquarters in 2005  to be in charge of police housing before moving up to become director of policy planning
  • In 2015, he was transferred to Nairobi city as the commandant
  • After the 2017 elections, he was transferred to Kenya Police Service headquarters as principal deputy Inspector-general
  •  2019 wastransferred to the National Police training college, Kiganjo as the commandant