President William Ruto has appointed outgoing General Service Unit Commandant Douglas Kanja Kirocho as the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Kenya Police Service to succeed his predecessor Edward Mbugua who has since retired.
The announcement was made through a gazette notice dated April 12, 2023.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 245 (3) of the Constitution, as read with section 13 of the National Police Service Act, 2011, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint— Douglas Kanja Kirocho to be the Deputy Inspector-General of the Kenya Police Service, with effect from April 12, 2023.” The gazette notice reads in part. reads the Gazette Notice.
Kanja emerged top after interviews by the National Police Service Commission last week.
Kanja, a career police officer rose through the ranks within the GSU to take over as the commandant of the support unit in 2018.
At the same time, through a communication by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, President Ruto on behalf of the National Security Council noted changes effected by the National Police Service Commission within the senior ranks of the National Police Service.
In the changes, Gideon Munga Nyale is the Commandant, Kiganjo Police Training Institute, Eluid Kipkoech Lagat is the Commandant in the General Service Unit while Ranson Lolmodoni is the Director of Operations.
At the same time, through a gazette notice, outgoing Kiganjo Commandant Bruno Shioso has been appointed the Director General of the Kenya Coast Guard Service for a period of four years.