, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9 – The new boss at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti, has formally taken over with a pledge to transform the department.
The seasoned detective, who rose through the ranks to head the CID, took over from Ndegwa Muhoro, who had served for eight years—with varied opinion on his performance because he is hated and loved in equal measure.
“I can assure you that I will do my best, and will support you to make the CID what it is supposed to be, while delivering our mandate effectively,” Kinoti told senior officers on Monday, when he took over at Mazingira House on Kiambu Road, “I will give my all for my country.”
Kinoti seems to tick all boxes—with experience and academic credentials being a holder of a master’s degree in security management from Egerton University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Under his new mandate, Kinoti aged 50 will be directly in charge of all the key departments at the CID, namely the Investigations Department, Flying Squad, Banking Fraud Investigations Unit (BFIU), Cyber Crime, Special Crime Prevention Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit among others—all charged with various responsibilities on crime prevention.
With Muhoro waiting to know his next assignment from the Public Service Commission (PSC), he said he is confident of his performance, “I walk out with my head high, and I have done my best in the period I was at the helm.”
Senior officers who spoke to Capital FM News on his exit were also divided in opinion, depending on who you spoke to.
There are those who appeared to dislike him because of the transfers he effected from time to time, affecting them, while others said they were happy with his work.
“It is not possible to please everyone and the work of the holder of that office is not to please people,” a soft spoken Muhoro told Capital FM News when asked what he thought of his performance at the office charged with investigating cases.
But Kinoti’s appointment seems to have excited many in the security sector and Kenyans who took to social media to laud him, recalling his past track record.
“Thank you Uhuru Kenyatta. The best man for the job actually. Bwana Kinoti is the best man for the job,” wrote Moibi Mironga on Twitter.
And from multiple interviews with senior and junior police officers, since Kinoti was appointed, it is apparent that most are comfortable with him at the top.
“We have no doubt he will transform that department because he is a professional who understands it well,” one County CID Commander said.
Prior to his appointment, Kinoti was the National Police Spokesman and sat at Jogoo House where he often consulted and advised the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet on public communication and policy.
He has previously served as the head of security at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), Head of Complains at Police Headquarters during former Police Commissioner Hussein Ali’s tenure among other postings.
He sharpened his management skills when he was Personal Assistant to Joseph Kamau, the former CID director who is credited with transforming the department and gave Kinoti various assignments that involved tracking down hard-core criminals and dismantling their networks—particularly in Ngong area where they had given locals sleepless nights with carjackings and burglaries often leading to killings of their victims.
The latest changes in the police include appointments of Edward Njoroge Mbugua, who took over from Joel Kitili as the Deputy Inspector General [of police] in charge of the Kenya Police and Nur Gabao who took over from Samuel Arachi at the Administration Police as the Deputy Inspector General.
Kitili and Arachi are also awaiting re-deployment by the PSC, with insiders saying they are likely to be sent to ministries to hold undefined roles because they no longer fit anywhere in the security sector due to their seniority.