Nairobi - Kenya appointed a new police commissioner on Monday in a bid to tackle crime in the East African country, which businesses say is responsible for scaring off foreign investment.

Over the last decade many foreign companies have avoided investing in Kenya due to red tape, widespread corruption, and increasingly, a high crime rate.

The presidential press service said Mohamed Hussein Ali was replacing Edwin Nyaseda and a technical committee would oversee reforms in the police service.

"These changes are aimed at injecting new blood to the leadership of the police giving a new approach in the management of security in the country," the press service.

The police force has long been criticised for complacency and corruption.

Although Kenyan police do not issue up-to-date crime statistics, Kenyans say violent crime such as armed robbery and carjacking have risen since President Mwai Kibaki's government came to power in December 2002.