DCI Kinoti distances himself from Senators arrest

The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti has denied claims that his office gave orders for the arrest of three Senators ahead of the vote on the contentious County Division of Revenue bill.

Kinoti and the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai who appeared before the joint committee of the Senate on Security and Justice and Legal Affairs further Monday claimed their officers are not responsible for the life threats against Senators Cleophas Malala of Kakamega, Christopher Lagat of Bomet and Stephen Lelegwe of Samburu dismissing such threats as fictitious.

In a moving presentation, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and his Bomet counterpart Christopher Lagat narrated how the detectives posed a threat to their lives.

The Senators were recently arrested, detained overnight and released in an alleged attempt to influence the vote on the controversial third-generation revenue sharing formula.

Malala broke down in tears as he told of his frustration to have additional security.

“I am a husband and a young father. The most painful thing is that I am being accused of stage-managing my arrest on August 17…….i have said time and again my life is in danger. I have written enough letters and called offices in this Republic but they have not taken any action even to give me extra security,” an emotional Malala told the committee while claiming that there was a hit squad hired to eliminate him.

Senator Langat said he was living in fear since the arrest and detention which have adversely affected his health.

The DCI denied any knowledge of the alleged gang from his office.

The DCI and the Inspector General of Police were given until next week to table a report on the arrest of the senators after they told the committee that investigations are still underway to unravel persons behind the arrests.

The Senate Committee had sought an apology from the Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and the Director of DCI George Kinoti over the arrest of the three Senators and their transportation to their home counties last month.

  

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