Kenya approves new, more independent, head of police

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s parliament approved a national head of police for a fixed six-year term, in a move aimed to boost independence from political interference for security forces dogged by a reputation for corruption. The stamp of approval for David Kimaiyo as the country’s first Inspector General of Police on Thursday comes as Kenya prepares for national elections in March, the first since a disputed 2007 vote provoked ethnic clashes that killed more than 1,200 people and threw a spotlight on security force failings. …

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