A joint Senate and National Assembly committee has approved Japhet Koome as Kenya’s next Inspector General of Police.
Koome’s approval, which took place on Wednesday, November 8, came just a day after he appeared before the committee for vetting.
Since the departure of his predecessor Hillary Mutyambai on September 13, the position has been headed by Noor Gabow, who served as acting officer.
Koome was nominated on Tuesday September 27 by President William Ruto in accordance with the Constitution.
Incoming Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome will appear before a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.
While appearing before the commission, the police chief defended his candidacy for the top position arguing that he was qualified after serving 31 years and had a clean record the entire time.
He argued that Mutyambai, who stepped down shortly after President William Ruto took over the reins, enlisted two years after him and had risen to the IG post after serving just 19 years.
He also claimed to have served on the police force longer than former Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.
“The former DCI boss joined after me… The outgoing IG joined two years after me. At the time of his appointment, the former DCI boss had served 19 years, but I have served 30 years. You can check my assessments,” the former commander said.
“Fellow officers are now excited that one of them, who joined as an agent, is being vetted today as an inspector general,” he told the panel.
Koome, who is awaiting approval from President William Ruto, also estimated that his net worth would hover around Ksh89 million.
He explained that he earned the wealth from his salary as a police officer and his exploits as a passionate farmer who bought two truck drivers to help him in his farming business.
“The land in my rural home is about seven acres. I have two lots within my rural home market center.
“I also have a plot of land in Nairobi, where I currently live, and two other plots in Kitengela, which I bought through Police Sacco,” explains Koome.
He will rise to the highest position from his role as commander of the National Police Training Campus in Kiganjo.
Former Inspector General of Police, Hilary Mutyambai (left), and former DCI chief, George Kinoti.