January 26, 2013
APPOINTMENT OF MS. GRACE KAINDI AS DEPUTY INSPECTOR GENERAL OF KENYA POLICE
The National Gender and Equality Commission takes this opportunity to thank his Excellency the President and Commander in Chief of Defence forces Mwai Kibaki for appointing Ms Grace Kaindi as deputy inspector General of Kenya police.
The Commission notes that the President did the right thing by appointing a woman to take charge of the Kenya police which is in dire need of urgent reforms. We know that the 10th parliament had attempted to sneak in a controversial amendment to the National Police Service Act, to delete the provision that requires appointment of Inspector General and Deputies to adhere to the two thirds gender principle but failed.
By appointing Ms. Kaindi to the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police, the President has demonstrated his commitment to the rule of law and acknowledged the competency and contribution of women in national governance.
Ms. Kaindi is a committed police officer of long standing repute who rose through the ranks of the police service through merit and dedication. We wish to express our confidence and support to her as she embarks on the arduous task of reforming the police service.
As the Commission continues to work on gender mainstreaming in the public sector, we wish to urge all government agencies to respect the principles of equality and ensure that women are part and parcel of the reform agenda and are included in key decision making organs. We shall continue to monitor the application of affirmative action for special groups and ensure they are brought on board to offer their expertise and contribution in national development.