Nairobi – Kenya’s interior minister and police chief were removed from their posts on Tuesday, hours after Somalia’s Shabaab rebels carried out a fresh massacre in the northeast of the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation that he had replaced interior minister Joseph Ole Lenku, and accepted police chief David Kimaiyo’s request to retire.
“Earlier today I held a meeting with Kimaiyo who has offered to retire and I have accepted the retirement request. I thank him for his service to the nation,” Kenyatta said.
“Subsequently, I have also nominated Joseph Nkaissery to take over the security docket as Interior Cabinet Secretary,” he added.
The annoucement came hours after Somalia’s al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab Islamists massacred 36 quarry workers in the northeast of the country, the latest in a string of gruesome attacks on Kenyan soil.