First Man From Western To Be Appointed As Police Boss

For the 60 years of Kenya’s independence, no one from the former Western Province has ever ascended to the helm of the country’s police service.

A good number of former office holders have either been from Central, Eastern, Nyanza and Rift Valley. But in Bruno Shioso, Western might end up producing the future police chief.

Shioso who is the current Director General of the Kenya Coast Guard Services, is one of the most experienced cops in the country today having been in the service today.

In the rank of Senior Assistant Inspector General of Police, Shioso is one of the few officers in the service who are in the third most powerful hierarchy.

Prior to his appointment as the Coast Guard Services boss, Shioso served as the Commandant, Police Training College-Kiganjo.

Before that high calling, he had served as the Police spokesperson before moving to Nyeri to succeed Japheth Koome who had been appointed as the new Inspector General of Police by President William Ruto.

In October 2022, Shioso was one of those who was shortlisted for Directorate of Criminals Investigations Director General position. However, he was unsuccessful as the Mohamed Amin clinched the powerful post.

Still, in March 2023, he was once again shortlisted for another top post, that of Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of the Kenya Police Service wing. He was unsuccessful for the second time running with former GSU Commandant Douglas Kirocho Kanja bagging the position.

For the battle-hardened cop whose career has been defined by near-misses, could Shioso pulled a surprise in future by becoming the country’s police chief? If this happens, it will be historical as he will be the first man in the history of Western Province to hold such a powerful police post.

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