No More Monkey Business, New DCI Boss Cautions Detectives

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Kenya's new Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Director, Mr. Amin Mohammed Ibrahim, has called on detectives to be forthright in their investigations and serve Kenyans without prejudice, strictly conforming to the law.

The DCI chief, sworn into office on Wednesday, got straight into business by meeting directors of various departments and section heads based at DCI headquarters.

Mr. Amin, who expressed his delight at returning to where he belonged, noted that most Kenyans were happy with the work done by detectives, but a few rotten eggs existed in the agency. There was a need to deal with them within the established disciplinary mechanisms.

The DCI Chief, who committed to starting his tour of duty with a clean slate, called on detectives to execute their duties with integrity while upholding professionalism and confidentiality.

"We must deliver on our mandate to Kenyans, and practices such as sitting on cases to defeat justice will be a thing of the past. I have no sympathy for officers who engaged in partial investigations and malicious prosecution of individuals," noted Mr. Amin.

The top detective urged the senior officers to ensure that detectives working under them were disciplined and conducted themselves in a manner that inspired public confidence.

"The Service Standing Orders (SSO) are very clear on the conduct of police officers, and you are urged to strictly operate within the confines of the SSO while observing the chain of command," said the Director.

While urging the officers to work as a family in delivering a safe and secure environment for Kenyans, Mr. Amin committed to ensuring that investigations were audited daily and in greater detail with a fine tooth comb so that files forwarded for prosecution meet the required threshold to secure convictions.

On pending human resource issues and welfare such as promotions, deployments, etc., the Director, whose in-tray is already full, observed that he would be progressively taking action to ensure that every officer's needs and requirements were addressed fairly.

After addressing the officers, a brief handover ceremony was conducted, with Dr. Hamisi Masa, who was heading the directorate in an acting capacity passing over the baton to the new Director.

The DCI Director was sworn into office at the Supreme Court in a ceremony presided over by the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court, Hon. Lady Justice Martha Koome.

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