Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has rubbished claims that his office is not supposed to investigate corruption cases.
Kinoti observes that the constitution empowers the National Police service to investigate all manner of crimes.
According to Kinoti, his office will continue to investigate corruption cases without fear and contradiction.
“We know our work as the national police service and we are going to do it fully because the constitution empowers us to investigate all manner of crimes,” Kinoti told journalists on the sidelines of the Lamu Service week at the Mkunguni grounds.
Kinoti asked critics questioning him to read and interpret the constitution well.
The DCI vowed to continue probing graft cases.
He observed that he is working with other agencies closely on all cases including graft.
Kinoti said the war on corruption is unstoppable.
“No one is going to stop us from doing what Kenyan taxpayers are paying us to do,” the DCI added.
A section of politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto are questioning Kinoti’s move to probe graft cases
The politicians want Kinoti to leave graft cases for the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The debate on the ongoing graft purge continues to rage on with a section of politicians openly accusing the DCI of playing politics.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti insists that he will not be intimidated by politics that have surrounded ongoing investigations of Sh21 billion Kimwarer and Arror dams scandal.
Over the weekend, Deputy President William Ruto and a section of MPs allied to him accused Mr Kinoti of allegedly working with politicians keen to dismantle Ruto’s 2022 bid.
And at Lamu on Monday, Kinoti insisted that his office had powers to investigate economic crimes contrary to claims by DP Ruto’s team.
“We are working on the cases, let politicians give us space. I cannot give more information on the cases, as they are under investigation,” Kinoti said yesterday in Lamu during a court service week organised by the office of the DPP.
“As the police department, we are ready to see that mwananchi gets justice. We have the capacity to investigate. Let politicians stop peddling lies to wananchi. The DCI has the powers bestowed onto him by the Constitution to carry out investigations. We are already doing high-profile cases,” he added.
Mr Kinoti urged members of the public to work closely with his team to bring perpetrators to book. He said his office was working without coercion from any political quarters.
“There is no officer who is supposed to enrich himself with your property. If there is any who has stolen your land or property, kindly give me the details and I will be the one to act on the case. If a police officer threatens you, do not shy away from reporting him/her, even if they issue threats.