Details of Komesha career life before landing police DIG role

For the past more than 30 years he has been in the National Police Service, Abdalla Komesha has been operating under the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

And to many colleagues in the service, his appointment as the acting Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police was a surprise.Komesha

He took over as acting DIG on Monday in a low-key event at Vigilance House.

Komesha, 55 and a trained lawyer was recruited into the service as a graduate and later deployed to Central police in Nairobi in DCI.

He was then moved to the Anti-Narcotics Unit, the defunct Kenya Anti Corruption Commission, DCI Academy, Banking Fraud Unit, DCI headquarters, National Counter Terrorism Center and later to police headquarters, Jogoo House.

His appointment in acting capacity follows the retirement of the DIG Edward Mbugua. National Police chairman Eliud Kinuthia said Komesha will act as the DIG for 14 days before they know the way forward.

“Mbugua has retired and the commission has appointed Komesha as the acting DIG. We will know the way forward after 14 days,” he said.

The commission met Monday virtually for the ratification. Mbugua had hit the 60-year retirement age four years ago but was given a contract which was to lapse in July 2023.

Kinuthia described Mbugua, 64, as a hard-working officer who had given all to his career.

“He is available for consultations on policing matters. He did his best,” he said.

The position of DIG is constitutional and the holder has to be recruited competitively.

As the DIG, the holder of the officer is the most powerful as he or she controls almost 70,000 personnel of the more than 100,000 officers under NPS.

The other personnel are in Administration Police Service and DCI.

The DIG KPS is in charge of all eight regional police commanders, 47 county commanders, formation commanders, Subcounty Commanders, Officer Commanding Station and all uniformed officers.

He also controls the General Service Unit, traffic department and Kenya Police College in Kiganjo.

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