Former Directorate of Criminals Investigations Director, Francis Ndegwa Muhoro ( Photo Courtesy)
In a checkered police career spanning over two decades, Francis Ndegwa Muhoro was at one point one of the "untouchables" in the governments of Presidents Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta.
To many, he was a creature of controversy, who was accused by his critics for alleged cover-up of high profile murder cases.
But this man had managed to rise through the ranks to head the influential Directorate of Criminals Investigations.
Appointed to the position on the eve of the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution, for eight years, Muhoro called shots at the Kiambu Road-based DCI headquarters.
Before rising to head the country's equivalent of America's FBI, Muhoro was the director of the police staff college, a low-key institution based at Karen.
Initially, he worked at the Kenya Police Training College. But it was 2010 appointment that thrust him into the limelight. From there, he made headlines until 2018 when he was unexpectedly replaced by President Kenyatta. Another long serving detective, George Maingi Kinoti was appointed as his successor.
But at the height of his powers, Muhoro was one of the most influential figures around Kibaki and Uhuru. It is no doubt that Uhuru had to serve his entire first term with this battle-hardened detective at the helm of DCI.
During Kibaki's reign, before the first Inspector General of Police was appointed, the DCI boss was one of the assistants to the then Police Commissioner, Matthew Iteere.That's how powerful Muhoro.
But accused of slow pace of investigations into high profile murder and corruption cases, Muhoro left DCI with a complicated legacy. Nonetheless, he remains one of the men who ran the show during the reigns of Kibaki and his successor, Uhuru.
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