Police IG Mutyambai proceeds on terminal leave as DCI boss Kinoti resigns

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti (left) and Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai when they opened the Tutua Police Station in Buuri, Meru County on Friday, July 15, 2022. [Phares Mutembei, Standard]

The Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai has proceeded on terminal leave while DCI boss George Kinoti has resigned.

The news about the two security chiefs was announced by President William Ruto when he was naming his cabinet on Tuesday September 27.

"This afternoon also I have received communication from the Inspector General of Police Mr Mutyambai of his request to proceed on terminal leave because of his health situation," he said.

IG term ends in March 2023

President Ruto also said he had held discussions with the security chief granting his request to go on leave for the remainder of his tenure. Mutyambai's term ends on March 2023.

"I have also received the resignation of the Director General of CID Mr Kinoti," he said.

Ruto said he had communicated to the National Police Service to advertise the position and get an acting DCI boss.

Kinoti had gone quiet in the run-up to the August General Election, with the DCI's most notable tool of commination to Kenyans (social media) also going slow.

Ruto said his nominee for the IG position would be made later after consultations. "Once I conclude my consultations with the Head of Public service the name of the new inspector General of Police will be released this afternoon," he said.

Mutyambai went on medical leave on August 26, 2022, after spending days in the hospital. He appointed his deputy Noor Gabow as the acting Inspector General of Police.