Kenyan cadet inspector impresses on her first major task as a parade commander

Sharon Ijeloit Oramisi, a Direct Entry Inspector (DEIP) and a police graduand touched the hearts of Kenyans by commanding the final parade for her 298 colleague Cadet Inspectors at a historic ceremony presided by President Uhuru Kenyatta at the National Police College-Main Campus Kiganjo, centra Kenya, last Wednesday.

After carrying out her duty successfully, Kenyans flooded social media to laud her.

Cadet Inspector Ijeloit, a Bachelor's of History and International Relations graduate from Egerton University becomes the second woman in the history of the National Police Service to command a final parade for a graduating cohort after Ms. Catherine Wanjiru Mugwe, a Commissioner of Police seconded to the United Nations Peace-Keeping mission, who commanded the passing out parade for the Basic and Graduate Recruits in 2011.

Inspector Ijeloit is, however, the youngest female police officer to command a final parade ceremony.

Born in Teso, Busia County, western Kenya, a youthful Ijeloit successfully underwent a rigorous police recruitment exercise before undertaking a mandatory nine months training at the National Police College, Kiganjo.

Being a member of an intake drawn from multiple professional backgrounds, Ijeloit impressed her trainers with her clarity in the delivery of commands and her precision in the performance of parade drills.

This convinced the college Chief Instructor Mr. Kenneth Kimani, Commissioner of Police and Chief Inspector Lameck Njeru, the Chief Drill Instructor to bestow her the onerous duty to command a parade presided by the Head of State.

She indeed repaid this confidence by exceeding expectations during the final parade display, a sacred ceremony held in high esteem by the police fraternity, which leaves little room for error.

“The first time I was informed I would be the parade commander after a whole day of competitive exercise to pick the best candidate, it took courage to accept and deliver success on the assignment given,” she said.

“I knew I had the potential and I trusted my abilities but the thought of being the overall parade commander never crossed my mind,” she added.

Sharon is an inspiration to young ladies who wish to pursue careers in competitive and previously perceived male-dominated fields such as security, science and technology.

She sees NPS as an opportunity to grow in career and serve the country with dignity.

During her one-on-one with His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta at the after-parade photo-OP, the Head of State had only kind words delivered through the shortest discourse as they pumped fists, "Well done!"

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