Africa’s Fastest Man Is Now A Police Officer

Ferdinand Omanyala has now officially joined the police forces in Kenya after joining 2,881 other officers in a graduating ceremony Tuesday, January 10, 2023.  

Omanyala joined the police service in 2022 after being invited by the former Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai.

The ceremony which took place at the National Police College in Kiganjo, Nyeri County was presided over by President William Ruto.

President Ruto emphasized the importance of the police officer’s welfare, insisting that Kenya needs a modern, professional and efficient police service that works for Kenyans.

“The government is enhancing its investment in the National Forensic Laboratory to ensure that it has the necessary modern equipment and facilities to conclude complex investigations and significantly improve the success rate in supporting the prosecution of criminals,” President Ruto said.

Omanyala expressed his gratitude and pledged to serve with honor, as he will also be allowed to serve the security forces in future athletic competitions.

“It is an honor to serve the National Police Service and I promise to give my best as an athlete. I also understand there is life after sprinting,” he stated.

Beatrice Chebet (5000m Commonwealth Games champion), Daniel Simiu (Commonwealth Games 10,000m silver medalist), Abel Kipsang (World Indoor 1,500m bronze medalist), and Jeffery Oluoch (Kenya 7s international) were also among those who graduated during the ceremony.

Among those to congratulate Omanyala was Kenyan comedian David Ndambuki alias Churchill who urged him to use his skillset to catch criminals.

“Congratulations officer Ferdinand Omanyala. Sasa kimbizana na majambazi,” Churchill said.

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