Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai is on the trail of a Bungoma-based DCI officer who is allegedly breaking families by leaking their confidential details and messages as gathered through communication surveillance technology.
Speaking during a live, interactive Twitter session dubbed “#EngageTheIG”, Mutyambai requested a concerned Kenyan who anonymously describes himself as “Joe Rawlings12” to send him a private, direct message.
#EngageTheIG runs every other Monday from 11am to 12pm. Kenyans are invited to ask the police boss any questions relating to the force.
“A DCI police officer from our village misusing his privileges. He tracks anyone mwenye awaelewani (who is at loggerheads with him) with DCI gadgets!!!,” Rawlings told the IG. “He tells other villagers where you are at every given time. Families have broken coz (because) of him. He works in Bungoma as assistant DCI don’t know which division.”
IG Mutyambai asked Rawlings to furnish him with more details. “Do you have the name and which is your village? Kindly share more information in my DM.”
Cases of DCI officers misusing intelligence-gathering gadgets to achieve their own selfish ends is nothing new. In most instances, a court order is required to gather confidential information from a suspect.