Kibinge Wa Muturi
Kibinge wa Muturi is the founder of the Christian Police Association which provides chaplaincy in every police post in a country known for its corrupt police officers. He is also the editor of the Christian Police Magazine.
Kibinge was born in 1964 to Christian parents, the fourth among four sisters and two brothers. He chose Wa Muturi as his baptismal name because he wanted to maintain his African heritage. His father, Frederick Muturi, and his mother, Hezeliphone Njeri, come from Gacharaigo village in Mununga sub-location, Iyego location in Kangema Division, in Muranga District, Central Province of Kenya. Kibinge is a Kikuyu and speaks Kikuyu, Swahili, and English fluently.
Kibinge attended Gacharaigo Primary School for his basic education and later went to Kirigo and Kiambugi Secondary Schools. He joined Kiganjo Police Training College in 1985, right after his High School certificate. He was converted to the Christian faith in 1985 at the Police Training College. He and Tabitha were married at this time and they have two sons.
He was posted to Central Police Station in Nairobi as a police constable and was later promoted to the rank of sergeant. With permission from the Divisional Commander, he started Sunday School for the Police Officers' children in the barracks and, within three years, the number of children had grown to over a hundred. With Pastor Dennis White's guidance and support, Kibinge started Bible studies for the new converts and numbers grew. In response, he was allowed to start chapel services for the Police Officers' families at the Central Police station. Needing further theological training, Kibinge enrolled in Pan Africa Christian College while continuing his ministry. He also trained police officers to begin fellowship groups in other police stations.
After studying a similar ministry already in existence in Britain, Kibinge was able to define the criteria needed to establish a ministry relevant to police officers in Kenya. As a result, the Christian Police Association was commissioned in 1993 and officially established in 1995 by the Police Commissioner. Kibinge and two other Police Officers have been exempted from regular police duties to coordinate CPA activities and several chapters of the CPA have been established in every province of Kenya.
Christian Police Magazine was first published in 1996 as a result of Kibinge's desire to encourage his fellow police officers in ministry on a regular basis. At least 6,000 of these magazines are circulated in every police station in the country and more recently, among the Armed forces. Kibinge was invited to the U.S.A. in 1997 and South Africa in 1998 to share his vision and participate in their programs. South Africa has started a CPA that is now even larger than the one in Kenya.
Kibinge graduated from Pan Africa Christian College with a B.A. in Bible and Theology in July 1999.
Patrick Obel, interview, Pan Africa Christian College, Nairobi, Kenya.
This story, submitted in 2000, was researched by Dr. Francis Manana, Professor of Evangelism and Missions and DACB Liaison Coordinator, Pan African Christian College, Nairobi, Kenya.