Kenya interior minister, police chief swept from posts after massacre

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.

Kenya would “intensify” its war on terrorism after the Shabaab attacks, the president also said.

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.