The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has termed as ‘misconceptions’ reports that it has decided to re-visit the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence.
According to DCI George Kinoti, he is not re-visiting the 2007/2008 cases but acting on complaints his agency has received of fear and apprehension by members of the public who feel their lives and property are in danger because of threats.
In statement seen by TV47 Digital, Kinoti says that whenever they receives such complaints regarding a threat to people’s security, DCI is duty bound to investigate expeditiously and without any favour or prejudice.
If, in the course of investigations, we find that a particular case was determined by the courts, we do not reopen such a case. This is beacause nobody can be sunjected to double jeopardy as defined in our country’s constitution,” clarifies DCI Kinoti, who adds, “Instead, we advise the complainant to use alternative justice mechanisms allowed by law, like civil remedy, to address their concerns.”
Apart from arresting perpetrators of crime, Kinoti says that the other major function of the DCI is to inform, educate ad sensitise members of the public on observance of the law and peaceful co-existence.
Owing to this functions, Kinoti says that his statement on Monday, November 23 did not mean he is going to open completed cases which were investigated and closed.
“We remain true to our mandate to prevent, disrupt and deter crime before it occurs. We shall continue to embrace proactive crime management and to safeguard the lives and property of all Kenyans and apprehend those who breach the law and endanger their fellow citizens,” adds the DCI.
He has since cautioned members of the public against being misled by “those taking my statements out of context alluding that the DCI is revisiting PEV cases”.
DP Ruto allies
A section of Deputy President William Ruto allies led by Kapsaret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has launched a scathing attack on Kinoti, over what they terms as “being used by cartels”.
According to them, there is a cartel that is looking into blocking DP Ruto’s presidential ambition, and they are using the DCI to pin him down.
They also allege that lawyer Paul Gicheru’s surrender to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands is also part of the bigger scheme to fix Ruto ahead of the 2022 polls.