The Next Inspector General of Police
As the current Inspector General (IG) prepares to exit after the end of his 4 year term is the Administration Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Mr Nur Gabow groomed to take over? Mr Gabow who has had a meteoric rise in his administration career is a strong candidate to take over from Mr Bionett as intense lobbying is said to be ensuing. Political interests, an anticipated referendum, a change of guard after President Uhuru’s second term draws to a close, competence and qualifications take center stage. Amidst reforms in the national police service that the President is said to be too keen to institute before his last term lapses, the change of guard is set to be intense and interesting.
The National Police Service IG is appointed for a 4 year non-renewable term. Mr Gabow, a career administrator was the immediate Kiganjo Training College Commandant before he was elevated to the DIG Administration. Those close to him say he is a typical police officer with strict guard lines. A no nonsense stickler for rules, he said to be too rigid and likes enforcing archaic rules. With a degree in Criminology and a graduate of the UK based International Academy Bramsh of the National Police Improvement, Gabow has had a meteoric rise in the service. He joined the service as a cadet in 1991 and as Parkland’s OCS he is remembered for putting to an end what was then a routine weekend robberies at the Kenya Commercial Bank Sarit Centre branch in Nairobi. In one of his daring operations, bank staff were locked up and millions of supposedly stolen money recovered. From there, Gabow’s star shone taking him to deputy OCPD Gigiri and later as OCPD. He proceeded to the UN where he spent five years first in a UN Mission in Sierra Leone and Bosnia before proceeding to New York to head the Africa desk. He returned to work at Vigilance House in the Planning department before he was in September 2017 redeployed as the Commandant Kenya Police College, Kiganjo where he served until his appointment.
He is the first Kenya Police Service officer to head the Administration police (AP). This was expected to thaw the relationship between the two arms of the National Police Service owing to their different mandate and training. Was his selection as the AP DIG a plot to prepare him to take over from Mr Boinett? Only time will tell.