Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai has nominated his deputy Noor Gabow to act as the police boss after he fell sick and got admitted to hospital.
Mutyambai said from August 26, he will be away from the office attending to a medical checkup.
“This is to inform the general public that I will be away from the office attending to a medical checkup effective today, 26th August 2022.”
“In my absence, Noor Gabow, the Deputy Inspector General – Administration Police Service, will act as the Inspector General of the National Police Service until my return,” he said in a statement.
It is the first time under his term for Mutyambai to delegate his mandate for medical reasons.
Gabow is not new to the position as he is from the general duty and it will be easy for him to manage the police operations for now.
This came amid reports that Mutyambai was Thursday rushed to hospital after he collapsed at his Nairobi home.
The officer was in his Karen residence when he complained of difficulties in breathing and collapsed.
His escort team had dropped him home earlier on and was preparing for Friday’s work.
His wife and workers raised alarm and sentry officials joined in rushing him to a high-end private hospital for treatment.
Officials said he was admitted to the Aga Khan hospital’s high dependency unit (HDU).
The HDU is a specialist ward providing intensive care (treatment and monitoring) for critically ill people.
A relative and friends of the senior police officer said the patient was responding well to treatment.
It is not clear what caused the incident.
Few friends and relatives were allowed to visit him at the hospital on Friday It is not the first time he collapsed and was rushed to the same hospital.
He is 2020 collapsed again in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and was admitted there.
Those close to him said he has a history of blood pressure which he is however managing well.
He is lucky to have come to the office when crime came down after Covid-19 faced the world.
He was picked from the National Intelligence Service where he was managing terrorism.