Longest-serving police spokesman Charles Owino lands new role

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 10:28 |
Former Police spokesman Charles Owino PHOTO/COURTESY

The longest-serving National Police Service(NPS) Spokesperson Charles Owino Wahong'o has been redeployed in recent changes made by Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai.

He will now be the deputy head of the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP).

The KNFP was established in 2003, with a focal point committee bringing together government and civil society.

The body is charged with the responsibility of coordinating all Kenya's actions on small arms.

Owino is set to deputise Charlton Murithi, the former Traffic Commandant who is also the Director, Internal Affairs Unit.

Before his appointment as Spokesperson, Owino was in charge of security at Kisumu County government.

He had previously served in Ndhiwa in Homa Bay County and Njoro Nakuru as OCPD.

He was the second Director of Communication of the National Police Service after he took over from the current DCI boss, George Kinoti, in 2018.

Past spokespersons for Kenya Police Service include Kingori Mwangi, Jasper Ombati (2004-2009), Erick Kiraithe (2009-2013), Owino (2013), Gatiri Mboroki (2014-2015) Owino- (2015-2021).

Owino's transfer comes two months after he hinted at resigning in December so that he can pursue his Siaya gubernatorial ambitions.

His political ambitions, reports say, fueled the transfer given that it is critical in protecting the image of the NPS.

Reports indicate that he was sent on leave last month after declaring the interest and that he resumed office on Monday.

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