Police Commissioners

Kenya National Archives

A photographic trip down memory lane that shows all the police commissioners who have served or held jurisdiction within the Kenyan borders ever since the colonization era right (1886 to 1st June 1963) down to the most recent commissioner. The police service has always been the force to maintain law and order in a territory. The commissioners are the chiefs of the police unit. They are in charge of the order and an important factor for the stability of the system. 

Bernad Hinga, Unknown, 1964/1978, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
INTRODUCTION
A photographic trip down memory lane that shows all the police commissioners who have served or held jurisdiction within the Kenyan borders ever since the colonization era right (1886 to 1st June 1963) down to the most recent commissioner. The police service has always been the force to maintain law and order in a territory. The commissioners are the chiefs of the police unit. They are in charge of the order and an important factor for the stability of the system. 
Gen. W.F.S Edwards, Unknown, 1900/1900, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
Police Commissioners before independence
Colonial police commissioners who served before Kenya gained independence in 1963.
F.D. Tyssen, Unknown, 1922/1925, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. F.D. Tyssen

Mr. F.D. Tyssen (1922 -1925)

R.C.A Cavendish, Unknown, 1931/1941, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. R.C.A Cavendish

Mr. R.C.A Cavendish (1931 -1941)

W.M.G Sandwith, Unknown, 1943/1947, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. W.M.G Sandwith

Mr. W.M.G Sandwith O.B.E (1943 -1947)

C.H Ward, Unknown, 1947/1949, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. C.H Ward

Mr. C.H Ward O.B.E. (1947 - 1949)

D.D. M McGoun, Unknown, 1949/1954, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. D.D.M Mc Goun

Mr. D.D.M Mc Goun CBE OBE (1949 - 1954)

Sir. R.C Catling, Unknown, 1954/1964, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Sir. R.C Catling

Sir. R.C Catling was the last colonial police commissioner (1954 - 1964).

Dancun Wacira, Unknown, 1996/1998, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives
Post Independence Police Commissioners
Post independence police commissioners who served after Kenya gained independence in 1963.
Bernad Hinga, Unknown, 1964/1978, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Bernad Hinga

Bernad Hinga was the first African police commissioner from 1964–1978. He died aged 75 years, on a Wednesday evening at his Macule coffee farm in Juja, Thika district.

B. M Gethi, Unknown, 1978/1982, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

During Gethi

During Gethi's time as GSU commandant, B. M Gethi is believed to have lured M.P J.M Kariuki into the hands of his killers in 1975; he wielded immense influence in founding President Kenyatta’s government (Service: 1978–1982).

Bernard Njinu, Unknown, 1982/1988, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. Bernard Njinu

Mr. Bernard Njinu CBS DCO. Served as Commisiioner of Police between 1982–1988.

Philip M. Kilonzo, Unknown, 1988/1993, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Philip M. Kilonzo

Philip M. Kilonzo was killed at a bar in Matuu Ndalas by way of drinking poisoned White Cap. His dying words were, "This beer tastes different, what have you done to it?" (Service: 1988–1993)

Shadrack Kiruki, Unknown, 1993/1996, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. Shadrack Kiruki

Mr. Shadrack Kiruki, MGH, CBS. Served as Commissioner of Police 1993–1996.

Dancun Wacira, Unknown, 1996/1998, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr. Duncan Wachira

Mr. Duncan Wachira HSC, MBS. (Service: 1996-1998)

Philemon Abong'o, Unknown, 1998/2003, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Philemon Abong'o

Philemon Abong'o is remembered for banning operation of bloody vigilante sects such as the Mungiki, along with the Talibans, Kizunguzungu and Baghdad in 2003. (Service: 1998–2002)

Edwin Nyaseda, Unknown, 2003/2004, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Mr Nyaseda

Mr Nyaseda, the eighth police chief in independent Kenyahas the shortest tenure at the helm of the police force, he is credited with initiating the police reforms program
(Service: 2002–2003).

Major Gen. Mohammed Hussein Ali, Unknown, 2004/2009, From the collection of: Kenya National Archives

Major Gen. Mohammed Hussein Ali

Major Gen. Mohammed Hussein Ali who served as police commissioner from 2004 to 2009. Charges against him were dropped at the ICC - where he had been charged with crimes against humanity in 2012.
(Service: 2004–2009)

[Source: Daily Guide Kenya]

Kenya National Archives
Credits: Story

Research and curation:
1. Martin K. Maitha
2. Magunga Williams Oduor, who runs Kenya's leading digital creative writing space (www.magunga.com)
3. Belva Digital team.

Photography: Bobbypall Photography (http://bobbypallphotography.co.ke/)

Text & Images: Kenya National Archives

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