Although police officers are usually demonised as corrupt and trigger-happy, the soft-spoken Mulumia has been receiving accolades from Kenyans and even his bosses, who say the move is a reflection of the ongoing police reforms.

“Our job is to give service to the people and we are very proud and happy when we see our officers going out of their way to serve humanity,” Eastern Regional Police Commander Eunice Kihiko told the Nation.

Marsabit Police Commander Steve Oloo commended the officer for using his professional training to fill the gap left by teachers.

“We have many police officers who are vastly experienced in various areas. The incident also shows that the officers are providing enough security in the area, even to pupils and teachers,” said Mr Oloo.

PC Mulumia lives up to the adage that once a teacher always a teacher. The Nation has since learnt that this was not his first time teaching at the school.


He has been taking up lessons where teachers fail to report to duty to ensure that pupils do not miss out on their education.

Mr Mulumia spends his free time teaching Mathematics to Grade Five pupils at the school.

Forole town has been hit by a wave of attacks by militia from Ethiopia. More than 20 residents were killed following the May 11 and August 24 attacks.

Over 120 children have also quit school and the boarding section closed over fears of more attacks.

Mr Oloo, however, insists the area is secure. “The pupils showed up in class because they felt safe with the presence of our officers so we do not understand why the teachers don’t come to work,” the police boss said.

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