Are Claims on NIS Boss and Supreme Court Judges’ Resignation Legitimate?

This tweet claims that the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru has resigned.

Background

Philip Wachira Kameru replaced Major General Michael Gichangi as NIS Director General after Gichangi resigned citing personal reasons.

In appointing a person as the director general of the NIS, the President and the National Assembly shall observe the provisions of article 73 (2) (a) of the constitution. According to the National Intelligence Service Act 2012, the director general upon approval by the National Assembly is appointed by the president seven days within receiving notification to that effect.

During the campaign season in the run-up to the August 9, 2022 polls, the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) in a letter claimed that NIS was being used as a political tool to advance their candidate’s main opponent, Azimio One Kenya’s Raila Odinga’s bid for the presidency.

Tweets that Philip Kameru quit after William Ruto was declared president-elect have been circulating widely. 

Verification

According to the National Intelligence Service Act 2012, the occupant of the office of the Director General of the NIS can only resign, by notice in writing to the President.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Intelligence, through a tweet dismissed the claim as fake.

In similar claims, tweets claimed that Supreme Court judges Philomena Mwilu and Smokin Wanjala submitted their resignation to the registrar of the Judicial Service Commission.

According to Article 167 of the constitution, a judge resigns from office by giving a notice in writing to the President and not the Judicial Service Commission as claimed in the tweet. However, the judiciary through a tweet dismissed the claims as fake.

Verdict

Posts claiming that NIS Director General, Major General Philip Kameru, and Supreme Court judges Philomena Mwilu and Smokin Wanjala resigned from their respective posts are FALSE.

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Tracy Anne Bonareri

Tracy Bonareri is a journalist passionate about human interest and investigative pieces. A writer who hopes to change the world one word at a time.