The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti on Tuesday, November 24, responded after allies of Deputy President William Ruto faulted him for stating that the 2007 post-election violence, would be reopened.
In a statement, the DCI boss shed light on the matter, saying that the agency would not be re-visiting 2007/8 Post Election Violence (PEV) cases that were resolved by courts.
"I would like to draw the attention of the nation to the misconceptions that the DCI has decided to revisit the PEV cases that happened in 2007/2008. This is not the case," Kinoti stated.DCI Boss George Kinoti Speaking during a press conference at DCI headquarters on March 5, 2020.Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
He explained that the investigative body had recently received complaints from a group of persons who intimated that their lives and property were in danger.
Kinoti added that his address on Monday was intended on assuring the public of the DCI's commitment to protecting the lives of Kenyans as well as sensitising the public on peaceful co-existence.
"My address yesterday was, therefore, in no way intended to mean that we are going to open completed cases which were investigated and closed. It was an acknowledgment of concerns raised by Kenyans," he added.
Further, he stated that the investigative body had a duty to investigate without fear or favour whenever complaints arose from Kenyans.
In a press briefing on Monday, Kinoti stated that the police were ready to ensure justice was served to the PEV victims.
He added that there were 118 registered cases from witnesses.
His sentiments were not taken well by the DP's allies, who stated that the inquest was politically motivated.
"They want to use PEV to gain political mileage but I want to tell them that they will not succeed. They are even paying people to record statements so that the ICC and PEV cases can be re-opened," Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi alleged.
"Very shameful of DCI Kinoti to weave his unending political tales using victims of 2007 PEV. He cannot claim to have the capacity to do a better job than KNHRC and Waki," Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung'wa weighed in.File image of Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi speaking to Deputy President William Ruto
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