A Kenyan Officer Who Quelled Violence Without A Gun

Mr Joseph Musyoka Nthenge, OGW, a Commissioner of Police (CP) and currently the Deputy Regional Police Commander North Eastern Region, is still remembered for his vigour, intellect and candour.

His accession to the top echelons of Kenya’s National Police Service has greatly been influenced by his unwavering determination and stellar performance of duty.

The versatile and all-rounded security expert was enlisted in the National Police Service and graduated as a Police Constable.

He was posted to K Company of the General Service Unit and began his illustrious policing career.

Mr Nthenge, OGW, was later deployed to the National Police College – Embakasi ‘B’ Campus, formerly known as the General Service Training School, where he performed outstandingly as an Instructor.

He earned his promotion through the ranks of Corporal, Sergeant, Inspector, Chief Inspector, Superintendent, Senior Superintendent of Police up to his current rank of a distinguished Commissioner of Police.

The celebrated peace ambassador has trained locally and globally, acquiring immense knowledge and professional skills in policing.

He undertook various courses, including Police Management Courses and Strategic Leadership Development Course at the Kenya School of Government.

In addition, Mr Nthenge, OGW, attended a course on Post Blast Investigation at the prestigious Louisiana Police Academy in the United States of America (USA) and a Border Security training in Arizona-USA.

The elite GSU officer is renowned for devised crime prevention techniques and mounting well planned and meticulously executed security operations in the various commands and critical leadership positions he served.

They include platoon commander J Company, the Officer Commanding GSU E Company, OC Senior Training Wing and the Chief Instructor at GSU Training School.

Later, he successfully served as a Deputy Commandant at the Kenya Airport Police Unit and County Police Commander Kilifi, Kirinyaga, Migori and Kwale Counties.

While working as a Staffing Officer Operations at the Recce Company, GSU, his grit, wisdom, and oratory skills were stretched to the fullest in his endeavour to protect life and property during the 2007-2008 infamous Post-Election Violence in Mathare area, Nairobi County.

He encountered an enraged group of youths armed with all sorts of crude weapons ready to cause mayhem, and he skillfully engaged them using the now famous words, ‘We have built the country Kenya over a long time, why should we destroy it in one day?”.

“This bold and patriotic act was lauded locally and internationally by, among others, the United Nations and was recognized as the UN person of the Year 2008,” said National Police Service.

He was also recognized and awarded by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission and Mt. Kenya University.

To crown it all, Mr Nthenge, CP, was conferred the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) award for his exemplary role in serving the country and deployed as the Commander of Kenya Police Contingent in the United Nations Peace Keeping Operations in Liberia (UNMIL).

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