Kenya: Ruto appoints Mohamed Amin as investigator…

(MENAFN- SomTribune) Until his appointment, Amin Ibrahim was the Director of the Internal Affairs Unit at the National Police Service.

Amin replaces George Kinoti who resigned recently at the start of the new administration’s mandate.

His appointment is contained in a notice in the Official Journal dated October 14 and signed by the President.

“IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by Section 30 of the National Police Act 2011, I, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Force, appoint AMIN MOHAMED IBRAHIM to the post of Director, Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI),” reads a gazette notice dated Oct. 14.

Until his appointment, Amin Ibrahim was the Director of the Home Affairs Unit of the National Police Service.

His appointment comes three days after the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) concluded a one-day vetting of 10 shortlisted candidates on Tuesday.

Amin was among 10 high-ranking police officers who had been shortlisted for the job in the country’s police investigative arm.

The 10 names were selected from a total of 253 applicants who had expressed interest in the position.

Amin, who was the first candidate to be vetted by the NPSC and the only candidate out of 10 to have spoken to the media, said he was confident he would take over as head of the criminal investigations agency.

“I expect myself to be the next boss of DCI,” Amin told reporters shortly after being checked.

Once appointed, Amin promised to streamline the role of the leadership and propose ways to operationalize the political manifesto of the administration led by William Ruto.

He takes over at a time when the DCI is under heavy pressure from political circles, notably the Kenya Kwanza administration, which has accused them of being militarized by the regime of former President Uhuru Kenyatta to take it out on opponents.

Following Kinoti’s resignation, the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) appointed Salim as acting DCI boss on September 30.

Kinoti had been the head of the criminal investigation agency since 2018.

Besides Amin, those who have sought to succeed Kinoti include former DCI regional head in Nairobi, Ireri Kamwende, who is the current director of planning at DCI headquarters.

Others interviewed are Eliud Lagat, the current director of reforms at DCI headquarters, who is also an expert in explosives and post-blasts, and Mwangi Wanderi, the current head of DCI Railways Command.

Munga Nyale, currently Senior Assistant to the Inspector General at NPS Headquarters and Coast Regional Criminal Investigations Officer Walumoli Barasa also faced the panel.

Others include Michael Wiso, former head of legal services at DCI headquarters, David Birech, police reform chief Paul Ndambuki, who previously served at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon France and the DCI Academy and Esther Seroney, Bomet County Police Commander. , the only female candidate to appear on the final list.


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Mark M. Gagnon