Editor's Review

Africa's fastest man Ferdinand Omanyala was on Tuesday among the 2,881 constables who graduated from the National Police College in Kiganjo Nyeri County.

Ferdinand Omanyala was on Tuesday, January 10 among the 2,881 constables who graduated from the National Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County.

Omanyala joined the police force in 2021 after he agreed to compete in track events for the National Police Service (NPS).

“The 25-year-old sensational sprinter has taken up a new role that will see him represent the National Police Service in future track events,” NPS said in a statement.

File Image of Ferdinand Omanyala. 

The 100m sprinter will join outstanding athletes including Ezekiel Kemboi, David Rudisha, Joshua Kamworor, Vivian Cheruiyot, and Julius Yego who represent the police force in track events.

File image of Ferdinand Omanyala. 

The Tuesday pass-out was presided over by President William Ruto who vowed to reform the terms and working conditions of the officers.

The Head of state also directed the Inspector General of police to make sure that the new recruits are given free and quality police uniforms.

“Mr. IG as we expect these great officers to perform their part of the bargain, I expect that we honor our part even as we wait for the recommendations of the police task force, that these police officers who leave here today each officer will the requisite uniform,” Ruto directed.

He added, “It is my expectation that these officers will be given a uniform by the government of Kenya. I expect that the uniform that these men and women will be given will be of the quality that meets the standard for our police men and women who perform a distinguished security function in the republic of Kenya." 

File Image of President William Ruto. 

Ruto further stated that his government will enhance the relationship between the police and the community to address security challenges.

"We are going to enhance our community-police partnerships to improve police effectiveness and responsiveness in addressing emerging security challenges," Ruto said.