DCI dismisses reports its acting boss told off DP Gachagua over criminal investigations

DCI dismisses reports its acting boss told off DP Gachagua over criminal investigations

By Joshua Cheloti

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has dismissed reports that its acting Director General Hamisi Massa recently told off Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua over their role.

A few weeks ago, Gachagua had said DCI detectives should not be in government offices but remain at their offices and ‘wait’ for crime to happen so that they can investigate.

But a local daily on Wednesday reported that the acting DCI boss had made contradicting statement in regards to the statement made by the DP.

However, responding to the reports, DCI in Twitter threat said the director general did not make any of the statements attributed to him.

“The DCI’s attention is drawn to the headline of one of the daily newspapers insinuating that the Ag Director DCI has told off the DP over investigation style. We clarify that the purported sentiments referring to the DP were not obtained from the Ag Director, neither are they his position,” said the police investigative agency.

According to the DCI, Massa hosted the Auditor General on Tuesday where in his remarks clarified the role of the DCI in implementing the recommendations on criminal investigations to be more focused to serve as a deterrence.

The agency further noted that the acting Director General only affirmed that the investigative techniques they use are intended to secure the credibility of evidence while maintaining the dignity of all involved.

“This is thus to clarify that at no point did the Ag DCI mention or refer to the DP or any other government official in his remarks, hence the newspaper headline presents a misreported and uncredited position,” noted the DCI in one of the tweets.

Since the start of the August 9 general election campaigns, the DCI was among the government agencies that were accused of being used by the state to target politicians that had been seen as allied to the now President Dr William Ruto.

DP Gachagua was among the victims of the perceived political target by DCI after he was arrested over fraud claims.

After he was sworn in, the second in command said under the Kenya Kwanza government, DCI officers will not be in government offices.

“We have told DCI to go back to Kiambu Road and wait for crimes to be reported there. They have no business in government offices, hovering all over and creating a toxic environment for service delivery. We cannot have detectives in government offices because they poison the atmosphere and environment for civil servants to deliver,” he told a governors induction meeting.

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