Why it will take shorter period to get DNA results at Government Chemists
SEE ALSO :MP’s widow disputes results of DNA test“We handle both public and private cases. Let those intending to conduct DNA tests come to us now,” he added. The machines will be put into use to solve many unsolved cases including murder, robbery with violence, rape and housebreaking among others. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i unveiled the equipment and promised to enhance service delivery in government. The Government Chemist was recently moved from Ministry of Health to Interior where they will be working with Directorate of Criminal Investigation’s forensic department. The Government Chemist is handling the forensic chemistry and forensic biology which are more complicated while the DCI is handling finger prints, cybercrime, ballistics and handwriting analysis. “We are now working with DCI and other departments well in efforts to solve many cases that are emerging and pending,” said Gakweli. Many crimes go unsolved because police lack a laboratory to help them in handling some of the complicated ones that need forensic analysis. The service relies on foreign laboratories to conduct tests for evidence on issues under probe. The police forensic laboratory is based at the DCI headquarters. According to a strategic plan launched recently, the DCI plans to spend a staggering Sh7.6 billion in mobilizing operations of the forensic laboratory. The money is part of the Sh38.5 billion that the inspectorate earmarks for revamping its operations in the next three years. The inspectorate plans to spend Sh14.2 million in training and developing specilised investigative capacity, Sh1.6 billion in completion of the construction of the forensic laboratory, Sh4 billion in equipping it and Sh2 billion in devolving forensic services to counties and sub-counties in the period. This will among others see its population increased from current 5,436 to 10, 500 as it seeks to expand its services to all counties.
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