Fatuma Hadi: Kilimani Police Boss Who Ditched Nursing to Catch Criminals

  • Kilimani DCIO Fatuma Hadi at her post
    Kilimani DCIO Fatuma Hadi at her post
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  • Law enforcement is a job that requires sacrifice, resilience and hard work - qualities Kilimani Police boss Fatuma Hadi says have helped her achieve her goals in the police force.

    Hadi who joined the force in 1999 after graduating top of her class at the National Police College in Kiganjo, did not have a badge and gun in mind as her first career choice.

    Upon completing high school, she wanted to pursue nursing as she worked in a private hospital hoping to get a college admission.

    Fatuma Hadi during her initial training at National Police Service at Kiganjo
    Fatuma Hadi during her initial training days at National Police Service at Kiganjo
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    However, she eventually ditched the medicine dream and landed into the world of law enforcement.

    As captured in the newly launched DCI magazine, Hadi flourished in the field and today, she is the DCIO at Kilimani Police Station which is one of the busiest sub-counties in Kenya's capital city, Nairobi - a position she has held since 2018.

    Prior to the posting, she served in various stations in Nairobi including Lang'ata and CID Parklands where she was made the Officer in Charge.

    The Officer has also been placed on special assignment in various counties and was also posted to the Banking Fraud Unit and was eventually confirmed a full police inspector.

    In 2017, she was recognised by President Uhuru Kenyatta and awarded the Head of State Commendation (HSC).

    Hadi in 2014, was assigned by then DCI Boss Ndegwa Muhoro to bring to book people involved in an incident captured on a 59 seconds video that went viral.

    The video showed a young woman being sexually assaulted by a group of men inside a Githurai-bound matatu.

    "After collecting intelligence, we were able to identify the matatu and managed to arrest the culprits. We then made an appeal through the media to the young lady to report to any police station. She reported and the culprits were arraigned in court," Hadi confirmed.

    DCIO Fatuma Hadi (Second from Left) at the International Association of Women Police conference in Barcelona in 2016.
    DCIO Fatuma Hadi (Second from Left) at the International Association of Women Police conference in Barcelona in 2016.
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    The culprits were sentenced to hang for robbery with violence and 25 years for sexual assault.

    At the station, Hadi noted that many people expect instant results from police which she stated was not possible at times because investigations take time.

    "I believe in the power of failure. It is the best way to learn. I always learn from my mistakes and never repeat them. I also trust my instincts and inner compass even when others do not," she advised.