The Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, has promised a tough run to all perpetrators of crime in the country regardless of the date in which the crimes were committed.
In a report by The Standard newspaper on Monday, January 27, Kinoti indicated that he had received a lot of complaints from various sections of Kenyans who accused him of resurrecting old cases.
Kinoti reiterated that, while he was not setting his eyes on anyone in particular, in the case where new evidence was acquired, he would have no qualms reopening old corruption cases.
“We are investigating the plunder of public resources. We are not targeting anybody. For a long time, gangsters have turned Kenya into a playground for graft,” Kinoti remarked.
Shedding the light on the case where Deputy President William Ruto was charged with fraud before being acquitted in 2011, he stated that he revived the case thanks to improved intelligence collection means that uncovered new evidence.
"Unfortunately, some people are accusing us of revisiting cases that were in court 20 years ago. They thought a day will never come when we shall go for them,” he stated.
Kinoti also defended the police insisting that there was no law that prevented them from conducting fresh investigations into the KPC land deal.
The DCI also defended his tenure at the head of the investigative agency, stating that none of the cases he has ever started have collapsed.
“People who say we forward weak cases to the public prosecutor should show me a single case that has collapsed under my watch,” he stated.
Kinoti also defended the formation of the Professional Criminologists Association of Kenya (PCAK), headed by Munene Mugambi, a body set up to ensure professionalism and defend the members of the investigative bodies in the country.
“We never had a body that defends us whenever we are hit left, right and center. Going forward, PCAK shall defend and speak for us,” he gushed.
Kinoti reopened the case where the DP is alleged to have defrauded a government agency (KPC) of Ksh272 million through the sale of 1.75 hectares of land that was alleged to be ungazetted forest land.
This article was originally published by Kenyans.co.ke