Kenya: Massa Salim appointed acting director of the head of criminal investigations

Nairobi – The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) has appointed Massa Salim as Acting Director of Criminal Investigations for 14 days pending ongoing recruitment.

The post of DCI director was declared vacant following the resignation of former boss George Kinoti on Tuesday.

“The NPSC appoints Mr. Massa Hamisi Salim, MBS, ndc (K), SAIG ​​as Director of Criminal Investigations on an interim basis, until the position is substantially and competitively filled in at least 14 days “, the NPSC said in a statement.

The announcement comes hours after the NPSC announced the vacancy in the DCI office.

Commission Chairman Eliud Kinuthia said all interested candidates had seven days to apply for the post setting the deadline for October 6, 2022.

“Candidates must be citizens of Kenya, hold a degree from a recognized university, have 10 years of management experience and have proven knowledge of criminal investigation and policing and meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the 2010 Constitution of Kenya,” Kinuthia told Capital News.

All other requirements are described in Section 29 of the National Police Service Act.

Thursday’s announcement came two days after President William Ruto indicated he had received and subsequently accepted Kinoti’s resignation.

As a result, President Ruto directed the National Police Service Commission to declare a vacancy and advertise the position.

In the interim, the Head of State asked the service to find someone who will act as interim.

Kinoti has been the head of the criminal investigation agency since 2018.

His resignation was imminent after President Ruto accused him of being used to weaponize the war on corruption and of being used to persecute political opponents in the administration of former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua blamed him for targeting people affiliated with their formation who did not enjoy state support.

Section 30 of the National Police Service Act provides that whenever a post becomes vacant in the Office of the Director of Criminal Investigations, the Commission shall, by notice in the Gazette and at least two national daily newspapers, declare a vacancy and solicit applications. .

Any person qualified under this Act may submit an application to the Commission within fourteen days of the publication of the notice.

The Commission then reviews the applications, conducts public interviews and shortlists at least three qualified individuals for the advertised positions.

“The names of persons shortlisted under subsection (3) shall be published in the Official Gazette. The Commission shall, within seven days from the date of publication of the names under subsection (4), forward the shortlisted names to the Chairman ,” the National Police Services Act states.

The Head of State shall then, within seven days of receipt of the names submitted under subsection (5), by notice in the Gazette, appoint a person as Director of Criminal Investigations.

“For the purposes of the appointment of the Director of Criminal Investigations prior to the establishment of the Commission, the procedure provided for in the Third Schedule shall apply with the necessary modifications, except that the provisions of the Schedule requiring the approval of Parliament shall not apply. not apply”, the law states.

Mark M. Gagnon