Joseph Boinnet, Inspector General of Police is expected to leave office on Monday after successfully completing his constitutional four-year term in the powerful docket.
In his last day in office, Boinnet will meet the incoming commissioners of the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) who will be critical in the recruitment process of his successor.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed Eliud Kinuthia to succeed Johnston Kavuludi as NPSC chairman on February 19.
Kinuthia will on Monday chair a meeting to pick an acting IG.
It is expected that the commission, as has been tradition, will appoint either of the two deputies, Noor Gabow and Edward Mbugua, in an acting capacity as the search for the next IG begins.
The commission which includes Lilian Kiamba, Eusibius Laibuta, Naftali Rono, Alice Otwala and John ole Mayaki is then supposed to advertise, interview and shortlist three names.
The President is afterwards required to hand his choice to Parliament for ratification.
Reports indicate that other than his two deputies, the other candidates in pole position to replace Boinnet include National Police Service spokesman Charles Owino Wahong’o, Government spokesperson Erick Kiraithe and DCI boss George Kinoti.
Former National Counter Terrorism Centre Director Isaac Ochieng’, the Police Training College Commandant King’ori Mwangi, and General Service Unit Commandant Douglas Kanja are also among the top candidates for the job.
The new IG will serve a four-year term and will oversee the 2022 General Election.
Boinnet, 56, was appointed IG on December 31, 2014, following the resignation of his predecessor David Kimaiyo that same month.