Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome has dismissed claims made by a section of politicians regarding the transfer or dismissal of some police officers.
In a statement posted on social media platforms of the National Police Service (NPS), Koome termed the claims null and void and noted that the entity was an independent constitutional office with direction and command under the Inspector General.
The police boss consequently asked politicians to refrain from making public utterances that could interfere with service delivery at the institution.
“It has come to the attention of the Inspector General, National Police Service, that politicians are addressing members of the public while claiming that they are going to transfer or dismiss some Police Officers. Such utterances are null and void,” the statement reads in parts.
It has come to the attention of the Inspector General, National Police Service, that there are politicians addressing members of public while claiming that they are going to transfer or dismiss some Police Officers.
Such utterances are null and void.
— National Police Service-Kenya (@NPSOfficial_KE) January 8, 2023
“The National Police Service is an independent Constitutional Office with direction and command under the Inspector General. We hereby request National leaders, especially politicians, to refrain from making public utterances likely to cause disaffection within the National Police Service,” the statement added.
Further, NPS implored police commanders to continue discharging their mandate without fear of intimidation.
“The Inspector General of Police hereby directs all Police Commanders to continue discharging their official duties professionally without favor or fear of intimidation,” the statement added.