Panicked reactions show DCI Kinoti is on the right track
The realisation that the fight against corruption is not a game of musical chairs may have caused some leaders to panic. Reactions from a section of legislators play squarely into the truism that corruption fights back and indeed, attacks on Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti vindicate this view.Belatedly, after earlier perfunctory attempts to play the tribal card in the renewed war against corruption failed, a group of legislators from the Rift Valley have trained their guns on Kinoti, claiming he is being used to fight, specifically, Deputy President William Ruto. Given the propensity of our elected leaders to not only trivialize matters of great national import, but to also reduce them to tribal contests, uninspiring leaders now claim that the Kalenjin community is being targeted. Nothing could be further from the truth than that. Deputy President William Ruto fired the first salvo at Kinoti recently, claiming the DCI had no mandate to investigate economic crimes. Clearly, this is a fallacy that section 244 (b) of the constitution negates. Questions then arise; why did the DP put himself in this awkward situation when his lawyers could have given him the correct interpretation? Coming after his categorical claim that only Sh7 billion had been paid to the Kimwarer and Arror dams, only to be proved wrong by Treasury CS Henry Rotich who put the figure at Sh20 billion, it is easy to surmise something does not add up. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji gets investigative reports from both the EACC and DCI hence, it is not the duty of legislators to decide who does what as long as the right procedure that relies on evidence as opposed to witch hunting is followed. Instructively, EACC has not raised any complaint that the DCI is muscling in on its territory or interfering with its work. Why would legislators wish to create discord where none exists unless the intention is to derail investigations that for once, have hitherto complacent agents of impunity practically sitting on the edges of their chairs?
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