IG Nominee Koome Promises to Be Available for Duties
Speaking in the National Assembly today, Inspector General nominee Japheth Koome revealed his net worth of Kshs. 89.9 million.
Koome revealed that his net worth was derived from the properties he owned, which included two plots in Kitengela, 37 hectares in his rural home, Sacco savings, vehicles, and two tractors. He also revealed that he had a Kshs. 1.1 million loan.
The nominee for Inspector General of Police described his appointment as a morale boost for fellow officers at the bottom of the ranks.
He also revealed that he was a family man with two sons, one 31 years old and the other 25.
"I'm married. I have a dear wife called Sophie and we have two adult children. One is 31 years and the lastborn is 25 years. Therefore I have all the time to work as an IG. I don't have a young child," Koome stated.
The nominee for Inspector General of Police described his nomination as a morale booster for fellow officers starting out at the bottom of the ranks.
He will succeed former Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai if his vetting is successful. Koome will be the fourth Inspector General appointed under the Constitution and the 12th police chief since independence. According to the Public Appointments Act of 2011, the committee has 28 days after vetting to approve or reject the nominee.
Before vetting, Kenyans were given a 10-day window to share their thoughts on the new IG with the National Assembly.
A doctor sued President William Ruto and Attorney-General Paul Kihara Kariuki in September over the alleged illegal appointment of Japhet Koome to the position of Inspector-General of Police (IG).
According to Dr. Magare Gikenyi, a Consultant Trauma, and General Surgeon, the President's decision is illegal and unconstitutional because the IG should be appointed by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC).