The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has cleared the air after Ruto’s political allies bashed him on Monday the 23rd of November 2020 for reopening Kiambaa cases.
Through a statement dated Tuesday the 24th of November 2020, Kinoti clarified that the public misunderstood him. He further insisted that the investigative body will not deal with cases that courts have already closed.
“I would like to draw the attention of the nation to the misconceptions that the DCI has decided to revisit the PEV cases that happened in 2007/2008. This is not the case,” Kinoti explained.
The DCI boss further explained that he was only doing his job by serving citizens. Kinoti explained that some citizens had complained that they were receiving threats on their property and lives.
Kinoti also maintained that the DCI’s job is to protect lives, further encouraging people to co-exist peacefully.
“My address yesterday was, therefore, in no way intended to mean that we are going to open completed cases which were investigated and closed. It was an acknowledgement of concerns raised by Kenyans,” the DCI boss explained.
We are free to conduct investigations.
Kinoti also noted that the DCI has the authority to conduct investigations without favour or fear whenever Kenyans complain freely.
On Monday, Kinoti had announced that he would revisit some of the Post Election Violence (PEV) cases. According to him, witnesses had currently registered 118 cases. He further insisted that the investigative body is ready to serve justice to the families.
Kinoti’s statements did not sit well with DP Ruto’s allies as they saw the move as politically instigated. The lawmakers tore the DCI boss apart, further claiming that the system was using him to disrupt Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa also condemned the move reiterating his friends’ words. According to Ichung’wa, reopening the cases was a calculated move to propel the BBI. He, however, maintained that it is wrong to reopen the cases.