Who is this new IG of Police, Hilary Mutyambai?

President Uhuru Kenyatta's appointee for Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai.

In an Executive Order number 4 of 2019 of March 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday appointed Joseph Boinnet as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Tourism ministry and nominated Hilary Mutyambai to succeed him as Inspector-General of Police.


But who is this Hilary Mutyambai?

Until his new appointment, Mutyambai was an assistant director with the National Intelligence Service (NIS) attached to National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

The new police boss, himself a former police officer, has vast experience in operations having worked at senior levels, especially in counter terrorism besides serving as a diplomat.

Mutyambai is best remembered within security circles during his tenure as the Coast Regional NIS boss where he launched a crackdown against Islamic extremism and radicalisation between 2015 and 2016 before he was promoted and transferred to Nairobi.

He is a carrier policeman who was enlisted in the then Kenya Police Force in 1991 and rose in ranks to the rank of Superintendent of Police before joining the then Directorate of Security Intelligence that was a department within the Kenya police Force in 1998.

Mutyambai rise in ranks continued in the new intelligence outfit and saw him rise to the top management of the National Intelligence Service where he was a Deputy Director in charge of Counter Terrorism.

As the deputy Director incharge of countering Terrorism, the new IG used to work closely with the NPS formations and the Military units in mounting intricate CT operations that have seen the country experience a downward trend in incidents of terror and several disruptions of planned attacks.

The new Inspector General holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master’s of Arts degree in National Security Policy from the Australian National University. Interestingly this is the same University the out-going IG acquired his Master’s degree as well.

Hilary Mutyambai comes to the helm of NPS with a vast of professional training and experience in the area of counter terrorism a skill that the National Police Service requires given the prevailing threat environment of terrorism.

The new appointee has had several professional training both locally and abroad .

They include

• Counterterrorism Training – In New Orleans, United States of America

• Operational Management - United Kingdom

• Advanced Security Analysis - United States of America

• Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism- Israel

Locally the new IG has attended several senior management training programs that include:

• Performance Management at the Kenya School of Government

• Senior Management - Kenya School of Government

• Detection and Prevention of Frauds and Forgeries - at the Kenya School Of Revenue Administration

His professionalism in counter terrorism came in handy during the 14 Riverside terror attack.

He was the unseen force that was coordinating the rescue operations that saw over 700 Kenyans safely rescued from the siege and the attackers neutralized.

Prior to becoming Deputy Director of counter Terrorism, Mutyambai served as the Regional Intelligence Coordinator, Nairobi County, Regional Intelligence Coordinator, Coast Region and County Intelligence Coordinator in Mombasa.

The new Inspector General also served in the Kenya's Foreign Service in the Kenya High Commission in Kampala Uganda as a Political Attaché from the year 2000 to 2004.

The President, for the second time, appointed an officer from the NIS.

Boinnet, who had taken over from David Kimaiyo who resigned on December 2, 2014, was also from the intelligence outfit.

The outgoing police boss had worked closely with his successor and both are said to enjoy cordial working relationships, prompting security experts to read Boinnet’s hand in Mutyambai’s nomination and the appointment of the chairman of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Eliud Ndung’u Kinuthia .

Mutyambai now joins Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Director of Immigration Alex Muteshi as some of the high profile individuals Uhuru has appointed from NIS.

Uhuru also appointed Wycliffe Ogalo as the Commissioner-General of Prisons, replacing Josiah Osugo, Brigadier Vincent Naisho Loonena as the Director-General of Kenya Coast Guard Service and Brigadier John Migui Waweru as the Director-General of Kenya Wildlife Service.

Ms. Lilian Mutio Kiamba, Mr. Eusebius Karuti Laibuta, Mr. Naphtaly Kipchirchir Rono, Dr. Alice Atieno Otwala, Mr. John Tentemo Ole Moyaki have been nominated as members to the commission.
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