Chief Justice Martha Koome, on November 11, presided over the swearing-in of Japhet Koome as Inspector General of Police.
In his inaugural speech after swearing-in, the new IG sought to set records straight over social media allegations that he was related to the CJ.
“I have seen some people claiming that I am related to Chief Justice Martha Koome.
“Some have said that Martha is my wife. Nothing can be further from the truth,” IG Koome wondered.
He added that he was neither related to Chief Justice Martha Koome nor was her husband, brother or father.
“I have no blood relation to the CJ, it’s just that she is married to a Koome, and my last name is Koome,” he clarified.
“I do admire Madam Koome because she is a great leader who has served this country diligently,” he added.
His office, he noted, would duly comply with court orders and respect Kenya’s justice institutions.
However, the IG warned criminals that police officers would not spare them should they try to circumvent the law.
“A police officer is allowed to use a firearm if anyone who has been convicted of rape, murder or any other serious offence tries to escape,” IG Koome warned.
Koome added that the use of firearms is part of the law, but police officers are encouraged to exercise caution and respect for human life.
On her part, CJ Martha Koome asked the police to maintain law and order but warned that courts will serve justice without fear or favour.
Japheth Komme took over from Mutyambai, who proceeded to terminal leave pending his retirement.
The IG was nominated by President William Ruto on Tuesday, September 27, in accordance with the Constitution.