President William Ruto has made an about-turn regarding the manner in which the former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti, exited the office.
Addressing the nation during the media roundtable interviews on Wednesday, the head of state stated that he fired the former DCI boss. He went ahead to reveal that he decided to fire Kinoti because of the extrajudicial killings that were being carried out by men under his command.
“I have made it clear that we will never again have extrajudicial killings in this country. Not under my leadership. You see what was happening in this country previously; you get 17 dead bodies in the River Yala, and I do not know how many bodies are in another place. Now, look at the killings that were happening in a container at a police station right here in Nairobi. I mean, we cannot tolerate such extrajudicial murders, and that is why I fired that Kinoti man,” said President William Ruto.
The head of state went ahead to note that he had instructed the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to document all murders and come up with a report on how they occurred and who is responsible.
However, the new admissions by the president contradict his previous statement to the nation, where he stated that former DCI boss Kinoti had tendered his resignation. This was during the naming of the first cabinet.
“I have received the resignation of the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and I have transmitted the same to the National Police Service (NPS) to proceed with advertising the position,” said President Ruto on September 27, 2022.
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