A heroic sendoff for a cop after battle with cancer

Family, friends, and colleagues bade an emotional farewell on Saturday to a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Justina Ndinda Nzivo  who died of cancer adding to the ever-increasing cancer deaths in Kenya.

Nzivo joined the Kenya National Police Service in 1982 and had served for 37 years where she rose ranks working in various police stations till the time of her death where she was serving at Kenya Railways station, Nairobi area.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua, in a speech read by a senior police officer from police headquarters Rono Bunei, said it was a great shock, and sorrow to have lost such a dedicated officer.

“The later was diagnosed with diabetes in 2005, treated and managed. In 2018 she complained of severe backache, taken to hospital and diagnosed with breast cancer. She was flown to India for further treatment where she showed tremendous improvement on return,” read a statement from the DIG

In November she became unwell, taken to hospital but succumbed to cancer at Mater Hospital on December 2.

It was rains and claps of thunder during her sendoff as Bunei praised her as an officer who was good to her young colleagues.

“We know her well for the years she has served in the force. She was really good for her young officers. When they went wrong then we wanted to sack them she would say no, don’t sack, let it to me, and after some time we would establish a great change. She was so good,” said Bunei

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Ms. Odima Mildred, a senior officer urged the family to embrace each other in a positive way, and heed to the good teachings of their mother through holding together.

She is succeeded by three children having lost her husband some years back.

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