By Jin Zheng,
Christine Lagat NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Purity Kawira
grew up in the dotting hills of central Kenya where she learnt
the art of fortitude and determination which later proved
valuable when she contemplated joining the national police force
after high school.
The 40-year-old female officer has a
bubbling zeal to serve her country and outstanding performance
recently secured her a promotion in the highly competitive and
Kawira is currently an inspector at
the elite police division in charge of protecting Kenya’s
railway infrastructure whose modernization has gathered steam
thanks to financial and technical contribution from China.
She will be among 30 police officers
drawn from different specialized agencies who will be departing
to China to participate in a four-week training seminar on
enhancing railways security.
Speaking to Xinhua on Wednesday during
a farewell reception for the officers destined for training in
China, Kawira vowed to utilize the opportunity to build her
skills in policing.
“My desire is to gain expertise that
will boost my work of ensuring there is safety at the Standard
Gauge Railway (SGR),” Kawira remarked.
“I look forward to a fulfilling
experience in China and will share knowledge gained with
colleagues,” she added.
The vivacious policewoman has been in
charge of a platoon that has been providing security to the
China funded Mombasa-Nairobi Railway project since its launch by
President Uhuru Kenyatta in May last year.
Kawira hailed the launch of the SGR
passenger and cargo trains that have been a game changer in
transport, commerce and regional integration.
“We feel privileged to be on the
frontline of protecting the SGR train and are witness to the
many benefits it has brought to this country. By acquiring new
skills, we will be able to protect passengers and cargo being
ferried through this modern train service,” Kawira told Xinhua.
The Chinese government has sponsored
the month-long training program for Kenyan police officers to
boost their capacity to provide safety to passenger and cargo
ferried through the SGR trains.
Guo Ce, the Economic and Commercial
Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya, said the training
seminar for Kenyan security personnel will enhance smooth
operation of the SGR project that is an integral part of the
Belt and Road Initiative.
“To protect the SGR project, the early
harvest of the Belt and Road Initiative, this year we specially
designed a bilateral seminar for the railway police,” said Guo.
Kenyan security officers were
convinced that the China sponsored training seminar will inject
fresh vitality in protection of critical infrastructure like the
Nicholas Mutai, a 38-year-old corporal
at Kenya Railways Police, applauded the Chinese government for
according him an opportunity to acquire new skills in policing a
transformative modern railway project.
“I thank the Chinese government for
according me a chance to study and improve on my policing work,”
“The SGR project has been transforming
this country since its launch last year and I will devote my
energy to enhance its safety upon return from China,” he added.
Mutai has a 15-year experience in the
National Police Service and is determined to excel in a vocation
that has rapidly evolved thanks to investments in training and
Alice Mwarabu, a female police officer
in her late 20s who is based at the port city of Mombasa, said
that providing round the clock security to the SGR trains has
been an honor.
“It has been an honor to serve at the
SGR as a security officer and look forward to sharpen my
policing skills during the training in China and apply it to
boost safety of passengers traveling via SGR train,” said
The bubbly officer joined the police
force five years ago and is convinced that the training in China
will improve her ability to provide safety to passengers and
crew at the Nairobi-Mombasa SGR train.
Kenyan police officers are expected to
acquire new knowledge on enhancing the safety of the SGR project
during the training seminar in China.
Patrick Makokha, the deputy commandant
at the railways and ports police section, said the officers who
will participate in the training are expected to revolutionize
security operations at the SGR project.
“We are grateful to China for
assisting us build the capacity of our officers guarding the SGR
and hope they will apply knowledge acquired during the training
to transform our work,” said Makokha.