Kenya government makes major security reshuffle

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government Joseph Nkaissery (AFP Photo/Mandel Ngan)

Kenya‘s government on Wednesday announced major changes in its administrative and security personnel, with a clear focus on tackling the security issues linked to Somalia’s Al-Shabaab rebels.

Interior minister Joseph Nkaissery said the changes will “strengthen efforts to combat the threat of terrorism and the creeping threat of violent extremism …”

The reshuffle is “crucial to responding effectively to the current security threats facing us,” he added.

The movements bring in a new Nairobi police chief and county commissioner, as well as the county commissioner and other key positions in the counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa, which border Somalia.

A new police chief was also appointed in the port city of Mombasa, where police are working to tackle an Al-Shabaab recruitment drive in the Muslim-majority coastal region — something which has dented the key tourism sector.

Nkaissery was appointed interior minister in December last year, after his predecessor Joseph Ole Lenku was sacked.