Award-winning comedian Njugush has hilariously ridiculed the Directorate of Criminal investigations (DCI) for its response to Citizen TV’s recent exposé by investigative journalist Purity Mwambia.
In a Mwambia’s investigative piece dubbed Silaha Mitaani that aired on Sunday 18 April 2021, the journalist exposed how police officers have been aiding criminal activities by hiring out their firearms and uniforms to unlicensed members of the public.
The report alleged that thugs hire guns, ammunition, and police attire from law enforcers at charges ranging between Ksh. 1,000 to Ksh. 200,000.
Mwambia established that the rogue officers were leasing a pistol at Ksh. 5,000, an AK47 at Ksh. 10,000 and bulletproof vests.
In terms of buying, it was reported that a Ceska gun is hired for Ksh. 50,000 while an AK47 gun for hire was valued at between Ksh. 80,000 and Ksh. 200,000.
However, DCI boss George Kinoti shot down the allegations saying that the seized firearms were not owned by the police service and faulted the journalist for a malicious attempt to discredit and disgrace the cops.
Njugush found DCI’s response as an insult to Kenyans with the police trying to clear their reputation instead of being concerned about Kenyans losing their lives and property to criminal activities.
“At least the guns that are killing us are not owned by the police, I feel safer for sure,” read his response.
Atleast gun zinatuua sio za polisi I feel safer aki. pic.twitter.com/2JJ5a6AEsq
— NJUGUSH (@BlessedNjugush) April 20, 2021
After the exposé, Kinoti state that the allegations made were serious and that Purity Mwambia, the editorial director, Director Strategy Innovation, and other relevant reporters of the Royal Media Services were going to be summoned so that they can clear things up and pursue the criminals who have been harboring the weapons.
Kinoti also pointed out that the investigative journalist should have contacted the Internal Affairs Unit or the Independent Police Oversight Authority, who have anonymous reporting channels before doing the piece.
He noted that the DCI never refused any operations being carried by the Royal Media Services.
He added that the report could have been a fantastic operation if at least the RMS could have put them on board.
The DCI boss said that the moment one has received a piece of information where his office can recover a firearm, it is always dangerous because no one knows what will happen next.