DAVID KIMAIYO: FOR­MER TOP COP SETS SIGHTS ON SEN­ATE SEAT

“I vowed that I would live like a dis­ad­van­taged per­son. I aim for the best in ev­ery­thing I do. I put God first and He has never for­saken me”

The Star (Kenya) - - Front Page - MATHEWS NDANYI @math­ews_n­danyi

DAVID Mwole Kimaiyo was ap­pointed Kenya’s first In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice in 2012 af­ter the rank was dis­con­tin­ued in 1965 and re­in­stated by the 2010 Con­sti­tu­tion.

He de­scribes him­self as a man who does not give up on any­thing he pur­sues, re­gard­less of any ob­sta­cles that may stand in his way.

His fa­ther died when he was just six. He was brought up through a hum­ble and dif­fi­cult life in the ban­ditry prone Ke­rio Val­ley.

He be­came battle hard­ened early. He over­came the chal­lenges, joined the Kenya Po­lice Force as a con­sta­ble in 1979 and rose through the ranks to be­come In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice af­ter 35 years of ser­vice.

“I vowed that I would live like a dis­ad­van­taged per­son. I aim for the best in ev­ery­thing I do. I put God first and He has never for­saken me”, he says of his strug­gles to the top.

Kimaiyo is a born-again Chris­tian who is also a pas­tor hav­ing stud­ied The­ol­ogy. When he served as IG, he al­ways car­ried the Bible wher­ever he went, the same way he does to­day.

He is now switch­ing gears to pol­i­tics. He has de­clared his in­ter­est in the El­geyo Marak­wet county Sen­ate seat in 2017. Con­sis­tent with his am­bi­tion, he is not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning for Pres­i­dent in future.

The for­mer IGP be­longs to the class of Kenya who never “tar­ma­cked”. The gov­ern­ment ad­ver­tised for the po­lice re­cruit­ment ex­er­cise be­fore he com­pleted his Form Four. He walked to the re­cruit­ment cen­tre and was picked at the first in­stance.

“I had a wound on one of my legs which would have au­to­mat­i­cally dis­qual­i­fied me. But I cov­ered it with mud and I was lucky the re­cruit­ment of­fi­cers did not no­tice.”

He would later sit his O-level ex­ams pri­vately. He went on to study var­i­ous cour­ses, earn­ing him­self pro­mo­tions on merit to the high­est ranks.

“I knew ed­u­ca­tion was the key to ev­ery­thing else in life. I know it can even be ap­plied to trans­form com­mu­ni­ties in Ke­rio Val­ley and end the ban­ditry prob­lem we face.”

He earned a chain of awards for dis­tin­guished ser­vice and would leave the Ser­vice with his head held high. Al­though he ad­mits that he quit at a time when there were se­cu­rity chal­lenges, he was not afraid of tak­ing per­sonal and col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity for fail­ures of com­mis­sion and omis­sion.

Kimaiyo is now writ­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, ti­tled ‘In the Spirit of Ser­vice’. He says: “It will de­tail my story as the boy who rose from the es­carp­ments of Ke­rio Val­ley to Kenya’s first IG un­der the new Con­sti­tu­tion”.

HE EARNED A CHAIN OF AWARDS FOR DIS­TIN­GUISHED SER­VICE AND WOULD LEAVE THE SER­VICE WITH HIS HEAD HELD HIGH

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