By PATRICK VIDIJA, @vidijapatrick
Only corrupt individuals survive working for the “current regime”, former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has said.
Kimaiyo said he was sacked for standing firmly against corruption, and added that he lost his job as Kenya Airports Authority chairman for refusing to take bribes.
“Mambo ya ufisadi katika serikali hii imeenda mbali sana. Mimi ni mmoja wa wale nilisimama kidete kupinga ufisadi katika kikosi cha polisi. Nilizungumuza hata na maafisa wa trafiki waache kuchukua hongo na wakatii,” he says in Kiswahili in a video shared on social media.
This translates to: “Corruption in this country is beyond reproach. I am among individuals who stood firmly against the vice in the police force. I talked to traffic police officers and they obeyed my appeal to stop asking for bribes.”
Kimaiyo said he joined KAA with the same principle but that internal forces that did not agree with him spearheaded his removal.
I stopped many corruption incidents at the airport. I will not shy away from telling the truth. This is why I was removed as chairman,” he said.
Kimaiyo was endorsed by Parliament as the first Inspector General of Police in 2012.
President Uhuru Kenyatta fired him in December 2014 alongside Joseph ole Lenku who was Interior Cabinet Secretary. The two were sacked amid national outrage over deteriorating security in the country.
It was alleged that Uhuru made the move following reports of serious disputes between Kimaiyo and deputy IGs Grace Kaindi (regular police) and Samuel Arachi (Administration Police).
Sources said the President had asked Kimaiyo to step aside to avoid the rigorous process of complying with the provisions of the constitution on his removal.
Uhuru later appointed him KAA chairman, a post he held until June when it was revoked and former KDF Chief Julius Karangi named the new boss.