Former Commissioner of Police Duncan Wachira who served as the commissioner of the police between 1996 and 1998 has passed away at his Nairobi home after an illness.
During his service, he is said to have steered a number of reforms in the then Kenya Police Force.
The President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives, and friends of Wachira who died early Wednesday morning.
“I have known Duncan Wachira as a man of great insight and unique qualities. During his time as the head of our police service, Mr. Wachira pioneered reforms that improved the welfare of our men and women in uniform.”
“Mr. Wachira is also remembered for his no-nonsense approach to the fight against crime, especially in Nairobi. It is during his time as the top cop, I remember, that many organized criminal syndicates were dismantled,” the President eulogized.
Uhuru who said the former police boss was a true servant of the nation and a patriot who was committed to the wellbeing of the country also said his virtues of hard work and dedication to duty will remain an inspiration to many young Kenyans especially those serving the country in the disciplined forces.
Former president Mwai Kibaki also sent a heartwarming condoling message saying he is praying that the Almighty God grants the deceased’s family and friends solace and fortitude.
“The late Wachira will be remembered for scuttling the notorious criminal enterprise of the 1990s that featured some of Kenya’s most infamous gangsters of all time. His tenure as Police Chief witnessed some of the most deplorable events in Kenya’s history, including the audacious 1998 US Embassy bombing, yet Wachira, somehow, still managed to command his troops to inspire public confidence,” Mr. Kibaki said in a statement.