The newly sworn in Inspector General Hillary Mutyambai has vowed to join hands in the fight against corruption especially in his turf the National Police Service (NPS).
Speaking during his swearing in ceremony at the Supreme Court on Monday morning, Mr Mutyambai called on the police officers to remember and uphold the oath they took to be faithful to the law and to uphold integrity.
“As the police, we must ensure that we eliminate corruption within our ranks. I am fully in support of the ongoing war against the vice and as the NPS we will play our role in non-partisan manner guided by the high fidelity to the war,” said Mr Mutyambai.
The internal affair unit at the NPS, according to Mutyambai will be decentralized and operate in counties so as to investigate corruption cases.
“I will initiate the system that counts accountability and responsibility within the NPS and will enhance and expand the work of the independent internal affairs unit to investigate corruption cases within the NPS,” added Mutyambai.
He also promised to ensure that police officers respect human rights and fundamental freedom as stated by the constitution of Kenya. This will deter the uniformed service from using excessive force in line of duty.
“I will also stand firm with the police officers who will be performing their job as expected,” he said.
The Inspector General further promised Kenyans of a guaranteed security and full prosecution of those who break the law.
“I am conversant of the security threats our country still faces, especially the threat of terrorism, organized crime, corruption, cattle rustling among others. I want to promise that we will deepen our relations with our partner security agencies and the criminal justice system to ensure that as we enforce the law, those who break the law are served with justice in a fair manner,” he added.
Mr Mutyambai becomes the third Inspector General to hold office under the constitution that was passed almost a decades ago.
His term runs for four years as stipulated in the constitution. He takes over from Joseph Boinnet whose tenure ended in January.