Sonko Rival Appointed New Nairobi Police Commander

Sonko Rival Appointed New Nairobi Police Commander
  • The National Police Service has made a mini reshuffle in which Nairobi received a new regional commander. 

    According to a report by The Standard on August 1, Former Coast Regional Commander Yakub Rashid who had accused Governor Mike Sonko of assault has been appointed the new Nairobi Regional Commander to replace Philip Ndolo. 

    Ndolo has been transferred to Kiganjo Police College as the new deputy commandant to replace Gabriel Musau.


    Musau has replaced Yakub as the new coast regional commander.

    Yakub had taken Sonko to court on January 22 when he accused the governor of assaulting him during an arrest in Voi. 

    At the time, Sonko was arrested in connection to the irregular award of a Ksh300 million tender.

    The police boss later withdraw the charges, sparking debate about whether he was compromised to drop the case. 

    “I was not coerced by Sonko. I don’t know him and I have never met him. I am a Muslim and I don’t keep grudges. He attacked me but I decided to forgive him.

    “We do things sometimes out of anger, Sonko and I are no exception. I made the decision after much reflection. My heart is clean. I feel no resentment,†he at the time.

    The mini reshuffle comes at a time when the former Nairobi Police Commander complained of intimidation in the enforcement of Covid-19 directives. 

    He particularly cited influential bar owners who continued to violate the ban on selling alcohol.

    “We have influential people who run these bars and threaten police officers. Once officers arrive at the joints they make calls and end up intimidating the officers,†Ndolo said.

    Some of the areas that have been marked as notorious include Kibera, Mathare, Korogocho and Githurai. Others are Kilimani, Kawangware and South B. 

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