Ruto appoints ex- Chief Justice Maraga to chair taskforce on police welfare review
President William Ruto has appointed retired Chief Justice David Maraga as Chairperson of the taskforce reviewing police welfare.
In a gazette Notice dated December 21, Ruto published the 23-member taskforce including three secretaries, tasked to identify and recommend legal, administrative and institutional reforms in the National Police Service and the Kenya Prisons Service for effective service delivery.
Other members of the team include Carole Kariuki who is the Vice Chairperson, Moffat Muriithi Kangi, John Ole Moyaki, Ibrahim Jillo Guyo, Richard Kirundi, Elizabeth Mueni, Roseline Odede, Joash Odhiambo Dache,
Doreen Muthaura and Albert Mwenda.
Terry Chebet Maina, Hassan Sheikh Mohamed, Capt. (Rtd.) Simiyu Werunga (Dr.), Mutuma Ruteere (Dr.), Anne Ireri, Stephen Kayongo, Jafaar Mohamed, Sammy Chepkwony and Khadija Mire are also in the President’s taskforce.
The taskforce’s joint secretaries include Omwanza Ombati, Joy Mdivo Masinde and Rosemary Kamau.
The team will among other things, review and recommend improvement of the terms and
conditions of service and other reforms for members of the NPS and KPS.
At the end of the review, the taskforce will recommend a review of police officers’ salaries and consider new and applicable allowances that will enhance the professionalism, efficiency and effectiveness of the NPS and KPS.
Members will also assess the adequacy or otherwise of the current medical scheme for the NPS and KPS and recommend comprehensive reform or revision to improve it.
On police officers’ mental health and legal administrative framework, the team will assess and recommend the establishment of funds or schemes to cater for loss of life or injuries in the line of duty and terminal illness to cater for NPS and KPS officers’ dependants.
The appointment of Maraga to spearhead the President project is another indication of Ruto’s will to right his predecessor Uhuru Kenyatta’s ‘wrong’.
The former President and the retired CJ were in a frosty relationship that boiled over during Uhuru’s final days in office with the two leaders hardly agreeing on anything.
And for very obvious reasons. It is Justice Maraga who nullified Uhuru’s election victory in 2017 and ordered for fresh presidential polls.
That unprecedented ruling led to the infamous “we shall revisit” declaration by Uhuru who nevertheless went on to win the repeat election that was boycotted by his then-fierce competitor Raila Odinga.
Among others, a major bone of contention was President Uhuru’s refusal to swear in six judges, with Justice Maraga saying the former President’s legacy would be soiled by his blatant disregard for the Constitution.