Joram Kugeria alias Ngage has been mending police shoes at Chuka police station for free close to two months.
He said he wants officers to concentrate on the fight against Covid- 19.
Kugeria told the press on Friday that he incorporated his wife when the task became a challenge and could not handle it alone.
His wife Elizabeth Karimi is also a cobbler.
“We are happy for the kindness extended to us by these three organisations.” Kugeria told Hot News.
The Cobblers efforts caught the attention of well-wishers including the Professional Criminologists Association of Kenya (PCAK) and two local organisations, Lower Chogoria Elites Foundation (LoCEF) and Tw’i Ameru Trust.
The three organisations donated leather, glue, a stool for customers, food items, several other tools, and threads.
Senior police officers received branded items from PCAK.
This month the criminologists’ association awarded a selfless junior police officer in Elgeyo Marakwet.
Caroline Makena made face masks that she distributed for free to her colleagues and locals.
PCAK founding chairman Munene Mugambi congratulated the couple and Chuka police boss David Ngondi and his officers.
“Police officers make the bulk of our members. We were touched by the generosity of this couple. We appreciate the hospitality accorded to us by officers from this station too.” Mugambi said.
Mugambi took issue with the rising crime in the neighboring Maara subcounty where he said cases of unresolved murders have been reported.
“This week a man from the subcounty was arrested for slaughtering a dog and selling the meat to unsuspecting residents who thought it was a goat meat.” He said.
Mugambi was accompanied by PCAK officials including the association’s legal counsel lawyer Gitobu Imanyara and the director of training, research, and publications Dr Elija Kirimi.
Government Vehicles Check Unit commander Wanjiru Andanje and KRA commissioner in charge of customs and border control department Kevin Safari are some of PCAK members who attended.
Wanjiru challenged the youths to be creative and emulate the cobblers instead of committing crimes.
Imanyara,a former legislature for Imenti Central and a human rights defender recalled his brutal experiences from the police in his early years as a human right crusader.
He said the current constitutional reforms have changed the face of the police.
“Those officers still living in denial and disregarding the citizens’ rights will soon be influenced by the good practice being exhibited by the majority of the police.” The lawyer said.