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Hillary Mutyambai sworn in as new Inspector General (IG), vows to fight corruption

New IG, Hillary Mutyambai

Hillary Nzioki Mutyambai has been sworn in as Inspector General of Police taking over from Joseph Boinnet, whose four-year tenure ended last month.

Mutyambai took the oath of office on Monday at Supreme Court building a ceremony that was presided over by Chief Justice David Maraga

The new IG has also promised to fight corruption, calling upon police officers to eliminate corruption within their ranks.

“I am fully in support the ongoing fight against corruption and I want to be clear that we must all join hands in the fight against the vice. We as the National Police Service we play our enforcement role guided by high fidelity to the law and also ensure we eliminate corruption within our rank and file,” said Mutyambai.

“I will initiate a system that enhances accountability and responsibility with the National Police Service that will enhance and expand the work of the independent internal affairs unit to investigate corruption cases within the police service.”

Mutyambai has said that he will enhance accountability and responsibility within the national police unit to detect corrupt.

He added that he will ensure that all police officers respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

He said that he will deal with the police officers who abuse their powers and privileges.

Who is Hillary Mutyambai

Mutyambai was born in Mwala, Machakos County, in 1964.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and his master’s in national security policy at the Australian National University.

He is married to professor Susan Nzioki and is a father of two children.

Where did he begin?

Mutyambai joined the Directorate of Security Intelligence in 1998, after which he continued to rise in the ranks to become the deputy director in charge of counter-terrorism.

In this role, Mutyambai is credited for working with the police and military units in the fight against terrorism.

Prior to this, he was regional intelligence coordinator in Nairobi and Mombasa counties.

Mutyambai served in Kenya’s foreign service in the high commission in Kampala as political attaché between 2000 and 2004.

Where has he trained?

He has received a range of training from across the world.
He attained his counterterrorism training in New Orleans in the US, operational management training in the United Kingdom, advanced security analysis training in the US again, and policing, intelligence and counter-terrorism training in Israel.

In addition, he has received senior management training locally from the Kenya School of Government and the Kenya School of Revenue Administration, where he trained in detection and prevention of fraud and forgeries.

Some of his notable work

His professional training in counter-terrorism was used during the 14 Riverside terror attack in January. He coordinated the rescue operation of nearly 700 Kenyans and the killing of the attackers.

What is he expected to do?

Mutyambai will be in charge of 100,000 personal currently in the Kenya Police Service, Administration Police Service, Directorate of Criminal Investigations and General Service Unit.

Among other reforms from his predecessor, he will oversee 24,000 APS joining the police and the adoption of new uniforms for more than 65,000 officers.