From Kindergarten Teacher to GSU Boss: Joyce Musonga's Inspiring Story

  • Joyce Musoga, a Commissioner of Police, poses outside GSU HQ in Ruaraka.
    Joyce Musoga, a Commissioner of Police, poses outside GSU HQ in Ruaraka.
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  • Langstone Hughes, one of the greatest American poets once posed in his world-famous poem that ''what happens to a dream deferred?'

    It seems Joyce Musoga, a Commissioner of Police attached to the General Service Unit (GSU) was not about to let that question linger around for longer.

    Not long ago, Musonga served as kindergarten teacher tasked with taking care and imparting children with knowledge not as a GSU officer.

    At the time, she was a police civilian but worked diligently and became a headteacher at the Pre-primary institution.

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    The General Service Unit (GSU) officers
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    Her entry into the police force took place when she seized an opportunity presented to her to be among the pioneer cohort of new female recruits.

    After going through the recruitment process, Musoga, a tough-looking champion, endured intense training at the country's toughest police training colleges, the National Police College-Embakasi 'B' Campus, formerly known as the GSU Training School.

    "She has served and risen to senior administrative positions at the Unit Headquarters, Ruaraka," read a statement from the National Police Service.

    Today, Musonga serves as the Staffing Officer Gender and Welfare at the General Service Unit (GSU) Headquarters in Nairobi.

    She is now among a handful of women who dared to break into an industry perceived as a preserve for muscular men.

    She joins the likes of Eunice Dobby, a Commissioner of Police who broke the glass ceiling entering into the country's history books by becoming a fully-rated flight instructor and a pioneer female police pilot.

    Despite the country having other female pilots, she made a mark by becoming a fully-rated female pilot in the police service with her credentials being recognised internationally.

    Dobby is currently the chief pilot at the National Police Air Wing that is under the National Air Support Department (NASD).

    Photo collage between a National Police Chopper and chief pilot Eunice Dobby
    Photo collage between a National Police Chopper and chief pilot Eunice Dobby
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