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Independent Policing Oversight Board

Members of the Board are appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament following recruitment in accordance with Section 11 of IPOA Act.

Section 8; The Board of the Authority
(1) The Authority shall be governed by a Board to be known as the Independent Policing Oversight Board.
(2) The Board shall have all the powers necessary for the proper performance of the functions and the exercise of the powers of the Authority under this Act or any other applicable law.

Mrs. Anne Makori – Chairperson

Mrs. Anne Makori, EBS is the Chairperson of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority. She holds a Law Degree (LLB Hons) from the University of Nairobi, a Postgraduate Diploma from the Kenya School of Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and a Masters in Leadership. She is a Certified Public Secretary (C.P.S.) K., a Certified Professional Trainer and a Certified Professional Mediator. Anne has a vast experience spanning over 20 years with exposure at both board and management levels. She has worked for the Government of Kenya, the media industry, the banking sector and legal practice specializing in civil litigation, conveyancing and corporate law. Mrs. Makori has also undertaken human resource consultancies at both local and international levels. She is an experienced leader in strategy development and implementation, company secretarial, organizational review, performance management, culture and change management as well as business development having previously given oversight and leadership at different levels including serving as a General Manager in charge of business development, legal and human resources. Mrs. Makori is a member of Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK) and the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM). She is also actively involved in community service in the areas of education, literacy and language development for small and marginalized community groups as well supporting Churches.

Dr. Jonathan Lodompui – Vice Chairperson

Dr. Jonathan Lodompui holds a PhD in Political Science and Public Administration with a bias in conflict transformation, a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Political Science biased on reforms and transformational development all from the University of Nairobi. He also holds two Diplomas. He has management experience in various organizations and in national consultancies in transformative development, peace building, conflict management and security matters. He has presented locally, internationally and contributed in academic journals including; Conflict Analysis and Mapping in Kenya, Impoverishment of the Pastoralists Groups in Kenya, Fathers are parents too, the Collapse of the EAC in 1977, the National interest of Tanzania, Samburu origins, Migrations and settlement and Internal and external conflict triggers. He is the Vice Chairperson at IPOA, and the immediate former Director for the Enablers and Macros Directorate at the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, which is charged with coordination of the implementation of infrastructure projects. Prior, he worked with the Military as an Air Force Officer, the Child Fund as a Regional Coordinator and at the Teachers Service Commission as a Chief Research Officer. He also taught at various universities including the University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya, Africa Nazarene University and the United States International University.

Dr. Walter Owen Ogony

Dr. Walter Owen Ogony, MBChB, a distinguished medical practitioner, is a former Chief Medical Specialist at the Kenyatta National Hospital and Assistant Director of the Surgical Division. He has served in Public Service for 35 years, including 27 at Kenyatta National Hospital where he rose to the Chief Specialist position. He holds a Masters Degree in Medicine from the University of Nairobi, Postgraduate Diploma from University of London, and Fellowship of the Eastern Africa College of Ophthalmologists. He is a registered and licenced member of the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board and also a member of the Kenya Medical Association and Ophthalmological Society of Kenya. He is vastly experienced in medical practice having initially worked as a general practitioner, then later as a specialist, medical education and management. He chaired and also sat as a member of several taskforces and committees of the Kenyatta National Hospital while in service. He has attended several courses including, Senior Management Course at the Kenya School of Government, Corporate Governance, BIDE Performance Contracting, Industrial Relations at F.K.E and Trustee Development Programme Kenya. He is a past Chair and member of the Board of Governors of Sidindi Secondary School and a past member of the Nairobi Health Management Board. In 2012, the President awarded Dr. Ogony the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) for his exemplary service to the nation.

Ms. Fatuma Mohamed

Ms. Fatuma Mohamed is a gender and governance specialist who holds a Masters and Bachelor’s Degree in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi. She has over 20 years’ experience in policy-related development issues, policy formulations, dealing with stakeholders, donor organizations and local communities. She is a trained mediator with expertise in fostering peaceful coexistence, conflict management and national cohesion. She is the founder of the Women Centre for Peace and Development, an NGO that empowers marginalized women in peace, security and education through economic and political participation in the northern Counties of Kenya. She is knowledgeable of the relevant national and international gender and human rights instruments, convention and legislation. Fatuma was a Commissioner with the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and also served as a part time lecturer at the Egerton University’s Institute of Women Gender and Development Studies. She is a member of the National Women Steering Committee which advocates for the implementation of the two-third constitutional gender rule. She also served at the Barclays Bank (K) Ltd. in several capacities. She chairs the Communication and Outreach Committee of the Board.

Ms. Doreen Muthaura

Ms. Doreen Muthaura, MBS is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of over 15 years standing, an expert in Legislative Drafting, Law Reform, Policy Formulation and evidence based Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). She holds Legum Magister, (Master of Laws—LLM) with Distinction from the University of London, Law Degree (LLB Hons.) from Moi University, a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting from the Royal Institute of Public Administration (RIPA – International) London, a Postgraduate in Evidence Based Policy Formulation and Translating Policy into Legislation from RIPA International London, Certificate in Effective Governance, Leadership and Integrity from the Griffith University, Queensland Australia amongst other professional and academic training. Ms. Muthaura has served the public with distinction in various capacities. She was the Vice Chairperson and Commissioner at the Kenya Law Reform Commission, from 2013 to 2018. At the KLRC Ms Muthaura chaired the Committee on Law Reform, Policy Formulation and Legislative Services, spearheaded and drafted the first Legislative Process Guide in Kenya, participated in the drafting of over 60 model laws for County Governments customization and adoption, developed several Government policies and other legal instruments. She is a Law Lecturer and has trained County Attorneys and other senior Government officers. Ms. Muthaura worked for the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) from 2011. At the CIC she participated extensively in drafting all laws required by the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution. Ms Muthaura was instrumental in drafting the National Police Service Act, National Police Service Commission Act, Independent Policing Oversight Authority Act, Kenya Defence Forces Act, Power of Mercy Act, National Security Council Act, National Intelligence Service Act, amongst others. She is also a Parliamentary Counsel having worked for the Office of the Attorney-General, State Law Office, Legislative Drafting Department. At the AG Chambers, Ms. Muthaura drafted several legal instruments, Bills and subsidiary legislation and offered high profile legal and legislative advice to the Government of Kenya. She has participated in various Taskforces and Committees. She was a member of the Taskforce on the Review of the Mandatory Nature of the Death Penalty in Kenya. Ms. Muthaura has also undertaken Law Reform and Legislative Drafting Consultancies at both local and international levels. In 2022, she was appointed to sit on the Taskforce on improvement of the Terms and Conditions of service and other reforms for members of the National Police Service and the Kenya Prisons Service. She is a Member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Member of the East African Law Society, Member of the Commonwealth Association of Lawyers, Member of Commonwealth Association of Legislative Counsel (CALC), Member of Chevening Scholars Alumni, Member of the Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya Chapter FIDA-K, Member of the PCAK, and an Australian Award Fellow. Ms. Muthaura is also actively involved in community service in the areas of human rights, education as well supporting women, churches and other charity organizations. At the IPOA, Ms. Muthaura is the Chairperson of the Human Development Committee. Chairperson of the Ad-Hoc Committee on IPOA Regulations. Member of the Communications and Outreach Committee. Member of the Finance and Administration Committee, among others.

Dr. Hon. Praxedes Tororey

Dr. (Hons) Praxedes Tororey holds a Masters degree in Women’s Law from the University of Zimbabwe and is pursuing another Masters in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at Moi University. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB); University of Nairobi, Diploma in International Environmental Law-making and Diplomacy; University of Joensuu, Diploma in Women’s Law and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law, Certificates in Management and Strategic Reform of Electoral Processes, Legal Audits, Legislation Drafting, Mediation, Arbitration, Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution, Strategic Leadership Development Programme and Corporate Governance. Praxedes has over 30 years of public service having worked as a Magistrate in Narok, Nanyuki, Karatina and Machakos Law Courts. She participated in the development of the Judiciary Bench Book for Magistrates in criminal proceedings. She also developed a training manual on application of Human Rights Instruments in Courts by judicial officers. She served as an in-house General Counsel with a State Corporation and Constitutional Commission in Public sector management, constitutional development, administration of justice, human rights, devolution, policy and legislative drafting, elections management, management of forests and corporate governance including development of national anti-corruption frameworks. She was Director, Legal and Public Affairs at Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). Among other achievements, she supported the transition of Kenya’s electoral management body from ECK, IIEC to the IEBC, developed the Referendum Regulations, 2010 and the Referendum Media Guidelines of the same year. Dr. Tororey also served as the Corporation Secretary and Head of Legal Services at the Kenya Forest Service. Here, she helped develop the Board Code of Conduct, Code of Conduct for disciplined officers, four (4) subsidiary legislations under the Forest Act and a litigation strategy for the Service. She also trained forest officers in prosecutions and oversaw their Gazettement. She is a member of the International Commission of Jurists (Kenya Chapter), Law Society of Kenya, FIDA-Kenya and Kenya Women Judges Association, Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member, Consolata Friends Association (Flora Chapel Branch), Vice Chairperson, One More Day for Children and a life member of the Red Cross Society of Kenya. She has undertaken various leadership responsibilities including; Chairperson, Review of Electoral Laws Taskforce and Referendum Technical Committee (IEBC), member to the Taskforce on Review of Legal, Policy and Institutional Framework for fighting Corruption in Kenya, 2015, Secretary, Legal Reforms, Electoral Code of Conduct and Compliance Committee (IEBC), Taskforce Member, National Steering Committee on Devolved Government; Chairperson, Court Users Committee, Registrar of Titles, Ministry of Lands, Past Secretary, Jurist of the Year – International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). Dr. Tororey is a member of the Technical Committee of the Board.

Hon. J.M. Waiganjo

Hon. J.M. Waiganjo is an Advocate of the High Court with a Law Degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1996.He represented the Ol Joro Orok Constituency in Parliament between 2013 to 2017 where he was credited for making more than 360 presentations. In Parliament, he was a member of the Departmental Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs where his name is synonymous with the Penal Code (Amendment) Bill and the Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Bill which sought to abolish the death penalty. Championing for proper procedures to be followed during drafting and enactment of laws by various State agencies, Hon. Waiganjo supported the Parliamentary Committee on Delegated Legislation’s rejection of PSV regulations developed by the National Transport and Safety Authority which had not been tabled in Parliament arguing that it was only Parliament that could make laws. Hon. Waiganjo is also a Co-Convenor of the Kenya Parliamentary Human Rights caucus and a member Law Society of Kenya. He is senior partner at J.M. Waiganjo and Company advocates, an avid sports fan and a black belt in Shoto Kan martial artist. Hon. John Waiganjo is the Chairperson of the Finance and Administration Board Committee.

Mr. Elema Halake – Director, IPOA and Secretary to the Board

Mr Elema Halake, SS is The Director, IPOA and Chief Executive Officer. He is Secretary to the Board and holds a Masters of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies, a Diploma in Wildlife Management, an Advanced Diploma in Social Work and a postgraduate Diploma Certificate in criminal justice by the Virginia University, USA. His Public Service career spans over 28 years including at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), where he was a Senior Assistant Director and also sat on the Board of the Kenya School of Leadership and Adventure at Mt. Kenya. At KWS, he was part of the leadership which fronted the 1990’s anti-poaching strategy that stabilized wildlife conservation, enhanced security and management. Earlier, as IPOA’s Director of Investigations, Mr Halake initiated a series of administrative and operational reforms, expanded the investigation capacity, enhanced performance and contributed towards decentralised regional operations. At Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA), he spearheaded legal and regulatory reforms including the enactment of the Anti-Counterfeit Act 2018, developed and deployed the AIMS project (Anti-Counterfeit Information Management system) and launched a National baseline survey on the magnitude of counterfeiting and illicit trade in Kenya. Mr. Halake continues to be an invaluable focal point for the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) South-Africa, Interpol, Lusaka Agreement Taskforce, Cross border security collaboration framework with sister agencies, National Multi-agency against illicit trade and host of other sister local law enforcement agencies. In various capacities he has represented Kenya as part of delegations to various National, Regional and International conferences and fora including CITES, Trade negotiations Agreements (FTA’s), Lusaka Agreement, East Africa’s Cross Border Environmental forums besides the National Collaborations and Cooperation with key State and non-state actors and development partners. These efforts have seen him gain global exposure having travelled for work, training and conferences in Africa, Europe, the USA, Brazil, parts of Asia and Israel among others. His integrity and high-performance track record in Public Service saw him recognized and decorated with the Silver Star (SS) of Kenya by his Excellency, the President of the Republic of Kenya in 2006, with citation for courage and commitment to duty.