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DCI Kinoti elected to INTERPOL executive committee; Kenyans react

In Summary

  • High Court on Wedneday rejected AG Kihara Kariuki’s application to have Kinoti’s prison sentence suspended.
  • AG’s application will be determined today (Thursday, November 25).

Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti was on Thursday morning elected to the INTERPOL executive committee, during the 89th session of the organisation’s General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kinoti, who was voted in overwhelmingly, will represent Africa at the key security organ that brings together over 195 member states from across the world.

“Mr Kinoti’s election to the decision making table of the worlds largest police organization is an endorsement of the strategies that our country has put in place in the management of crime, especially in counter terrorism, organised crime, cyber crime and transnational crimes among others,” the Directorate of Criminal Investigations says on its Twitter page.

“It is also a vote of confidence in the DCI at the global stage, on the manner that we have continued to discharge our mandate in the recent past. DCI Headquarters hosts the INTERPOL regional bureau for East and Central Africa as well as the Eastern Africa Counter-Terrorism Centre of Excellence, where all counter terror related operations within the region are coordinated. With our lessons and experiences in the fight against terror, Kenya’s election to the executive committee of the general assembly couldn’t have come at a better time,” adds the investigative agency.

Kinoti lauds member states’ efforts

While making his acceptance speech, DCI Kinoti acknowledged the efforts put in place by member countries in crime management and called upon them to work together, especially in the fight against terror.

“The realization that we cannot fight this monster alone has contributed to the successes that we have registered so far across the world as a result of cooperation and information sharing between our different countries and security agencies,” said the DCI chief.

Established over 100 years ago, INTERPOL works in conjunction with all member countries and international organizations including the United Nations to combat international crime.

‘How did a fugitive get elected’

Kinoti’s recent fete has, however, set tongues wagging in Kenya.

Last Thursday, Justice Antony Mrima sentenced Kinoti to four months in prion over contempt of court.

The judge ordered Kinoti to surrender to police within seven days to start his prison term, failure to which the DPP was instructed to issue an arrest warrant against him. The grace period lapses today, but Kinoti is in Turkey.

Samuel Baraka wonders, “How did a fugitive get elected?”

Maina Enock is not sure how Kinoti will execute his new mandates, “How will he handle that yet next week he will report kamiti?”

Abu Usama questions INTERPOL move to elect Kinoti, “How do you elect an Active Convict? the man belongs to Kamiti Maximum Prison.”

“Si tuongee hii story akiwa kamiti kwanza,” Sir Bett poses.

“The good thing is that Covid-19 has shown that children can learn from home, employees can work remotely and so convicts can attend meetings from Kamiti.” Opiyo Calvince reasons.

Gideon Mulwa, “Congratulations to him. Have you equipped his cell at Kamiti to enable him work remotely?”

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