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Police Corporal David Chumo has been awarded as the best Police Officer in the 2017 Huduma Ombudsman Awards for his outstanding performance in an event held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre last month.

The 38 years old traffic cop born in a polygamous family of more than 10 children attributed his accomplishments to courage, integrity and focus in providing better services to wananchi, in a department that has been in the news for all the wrong reasons of having corrupt officers among its ranks.

In all the areas he has been posted to, Chumo has served with distinction earning various accolades from different organizations. While serving in Narok County for instance, he received a commendation from the Kenya Forest Service for arresting poachers, charcoal burners and illegal loggers, despite the various cash offers that came his way.

On one occasion, he rejected a Ksh. 50,000 bribe after intercepting a vehicle ferrying sacks of charcoal along the Bomet-Narok Road. He also performed exemplarily in Migori where he led in the fight against drug abuse by impounding several consignments of cannabis sativa on various occasions. Cpl. Chumo believes that it is these among other deeds that led to his nomination and subsequent crowning as this year’s Huduma Ombudsman’s Awards victor.

Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai who presented the Awards said it was encouraging to see ordinary Kenyans going out of their way to make the country a better place to live in.“While there are so many new challenges, sometimes we fail to recognize that there are outstanding public officers who continue to make the country a better place,” he said.

Chumo has also distinguished himself as a philanthropist as evidenced in the various acts of generosity that he has extended to members of the public. While on duty in Muran’ga County one afternoon, he spotted a man who was mentally unstable took him to his house, cleaned him, clothed him, fed him and took him for medical checks for a considerable number of days. All this while, he ran advertisements in various Radio stations asking for his kin to come and get him. A television station eventually highlighted the story and a family in Ainamo, Kericho County identified the mentally unstable person as their son Jackson Keter whom they had assumed to be dead after disappearing for over six months. Such and other deeds including taking care of his neighbour’s children whose parents are living positively with HIV and a television story where he shopped for a mother who had given birth to quadruplets in Muran’ga earned Cpl. Chumo great admiration not only from his peers but also his bosses.

The father of five attributed his success to working closely with the public who are the main custodians of information, adding that his dream of serving in the Police Service was to bring change and improve the image of the service, which was previously in disrepute.

“I wish to encourage all Police Officers to serve with dignity and integrity since we all came into this world with nothing and we shall leave with nothing,” said a jovial Chumo. He also urged members of the public to respect Police Officers interact and treat them with dignity since they are also social beings.

Bomet County Commander Ms. Leah Kithei, CP was full of admiration for Cpl. Chumo who is currently under her command. She commended him for his integrity noting that there was absolutely no reason for an officer to take bribes in these times when officers are better facilitated as compared to some years ago.

The Directorate of Reforms in the Inspector General’s Office through its Director Mr. Jasper Nyauma, CP also hailed Cpl Chumo for his efforts in showing the true picture of a reforming service. “Change begins with an individual and we believe that with the individual efforts of every Police Officer our journey to a transformed service will be realized,” noted Mr. Ombati.    

Traffic Commandant Ms. Jacinta Kinyua, AIG also commended Cpl. Chumo for setting a good example to be emulated by other officers countrywide, warning the few corrupt individuals tainting the image of the service that their days are numbered.

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