Kenya’s first female traffic chief dies

February 9, 2012 4:06 pm


Mary Mwangangi was Kenya’s first female traffic chief dies/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – Former Traffic Commandant Mary Mwangangi who was also a commissioner at the Public Service Commission is dead.

Mwangangi died on Wednesday following a short illness, according to officials of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

“Commissioner Mwangangi passed on in the early hours of Wednesday morning at the Nairobi Hospital after a short illness,” PSC Public Relations Officer Victor Achola said in a statement.

“Until her demise Commissioner Mwangangi was serving her second term as a Commissioner of the Public Service Commission of Kenya having first been appointed on 15th May 2006,” he added.

Mwangangi who retired from the police force in July 2005 had been shortlisted for interviews for the National Police Service Commission and was due to appear before the panel next week. She retired at the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

She was the first ever female officer to serve as the Traffic Police commandant, having risen through the ranks in 34 years.

Shortly before she retired, Mwangangi was confined to a wheelchair following a road accident.

Police Spokesman Eric Kiraithe said, “Kenya has lost a dedicated public servant who served the police diligently. Police headquarters sends its condolences to her family.”

The PSC website describes her as a “professional full of honours, awards and recognition” and identifies her as “an administrator, author, researcher, trainer and diplomat seamlessly rolled into one.”

While in the police force, the late Mwangangi served as Trainer at Kiganjo Police College from 1974 to1975 and later a Staffing Officer at the Police Headquarters from 1982 to 1984 and 1989 to1993.

Between 1995 and 1997, she was the Deputy Provincial Police chief in Eastern Province before she was promoted and appointed Traffic Commandant between July 2002 and 2004. At the time she retired, she was Director in charge of Planning, Development and Research at Vigilance House.

She joined the police force during the post-colonial era and enlisted as a direct trainee Inspector in 1971.

She had a short stint in the diplomatic service where she served at the Kenya Embassy in Washington, as First Secretary from 1984 – 1988.

She held a BA Degree in Urban Studies from the University of District of Columbia, Washington DC, and a Post graduate Higher diploma in Human Resource Management from the Railways Training Institute Nairobi.

She is credited with having developed a training manual on Anti-corruption for Kenya Police, a Handbook on Community Policing for Kenya Police, Training manual on Child Abuse for Kenya Police and “Police Training Manual on Gender and Human Rights”.

She is also the author of five primary school books, among them, “Arrested by a Police Dog”, “A Good Question”, “Mzee mmoja goes to Town”, “A trip to the Village” and ” Zebra crossing”.

She has also written a general readership “Your Rights and Obligations at the Hands of the Police”.


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