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Meet Highly Educated Israel-Trained Spy Who Ended Up Becoming Kenya's Police Boss

Outgoing Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai ( Photo Courtesy).

Against all the odds, Hillary Mutyambai was picked as Kenya's third Inspector General of Police in 2019 by the then President Uhuru Kenyatta. Not many people saw this coming.

At 55 years at the time of his appointment, the experienced cop inherited the hot seat from his predecessor, Joseph Boinett who had been in office for four years.

And after about three years in office, Mutyambai has left the stage. But who is this man who rose to become Kenya's police chief?

Enlisted in the service in 1991, Mutyambai rose through the ranks to the position of Superintendent of police.

Prior to his appointment as IG in 2019, Mutyambai served as deputy National Intelligence Service chief in-charge of counter-terrorism.

He has special training in counter-terrorism and special security from the USA, operational management in the United Kingdom, and policing, intelligence and counter terrorism from Israel.

A holder of a Bachelors degree from the University of Nairobi and Masters degree in National Security Policy from Australia, joined NIS in 1998.

He would go on to become Coast Region NIS chief. At one point, he also served as security attache in the Kenyan embassy in Kampala, Uganda.

Now, as his era comes to an end with former Nairobi police boss, Japheth Koome expected to succeed him, Mutyambai will go home with his head held high

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