Eight years after establishment, IPOA has lined up far-reaching changes to its constitutive law with the aim of giving the Authority a fresh impetus in ensuring Kenyans enjoy professional policing.
Among the expected legal changes is to redefine some of its functions and strengthen its powers in a bid to address the challenges it has faced over the years.
IPOA Board, which is spearheading the process, has identified provisions of IPOA Act that need to be either repealed or amended while at the same time introducing fresh Sections and sub-sections that once in place, will propel the Authority in discharging its mandate.
Yesterday, Chairperson Mrs. Anne Makori led the Board in one of the legal review sessions.
The task continues today at Maanzoni in Machakos County, where the Board has retreated, ahead of a meeting with the National Assembly’s Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security, during which the new proposals are expected to be presented.
The Board is accompanied by Directors David Nderitu (Complaints and Legal), Jeremiah Arodi (Investigations), Stephen Musau (Inspections Research and Monitoring) and Head of Legal Festus Kinoti.
The Commissioners noted that once adopted by parliament and implemented, the changes will put the Authority in a better position to fulfill demands of the Constitution 2010; including that security organs are subordinate to civilian authority.
In ensuring that IPOA is progressive, the Board has likewise prepared tangible justifications on what the proposals portend for the benefit of all citizens in fulfilling its cardinal mandate – holding the Police accountable to the public.