New DCI boss gives out phone number
The newly appointed Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss Mohammed Amin Ibrahim has, given out his number to the public moments after he was sworn in.
Saying that he gave out his number so that any Kenyan with a problem can reach him, Amin added, “I will always be available and for the purposes of record, I would like to declare honorable CJ my phone number which is 0722415419 so that any member of public can easily reach out to me.”
Mr. Amin was sworn in after emerging tops in a vetting list with ten candidates.
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Additionally, Mr. Amin’s service in various capacities in the National Police Service for the last 33 years made him a clear favorite when a shortlist of candidates for the position was released by the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) last week.
The 58-year-old has a Master’s Degree in Criminology and Security Management and a degree in Criminology and Security Studies from Egerton University.
Additionally, Mr. Amin has a diploma in international studies from the University of Nairobi, and a certificate from the National Defence College, to which he earned First Class Honors.
Having been in the service since he joined the police in 1989, Mr. Amin replaces George Kinoti.
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DCI is famous for arresting Rigathi Gachagua in corruption-related cases. Despite existing laws on how the director of Kenya’s biggest investigative agency is supposed to be selected, the late Mwai Kibaki and retired Uhuru Kenyatta regimes hired their DCI directors as Presidential appointees.
Section 30 of the National Police Service Act says: “Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of the Director of Criminal Investigations, the (NPSC) shall, by notice in the Gazette and at least two daily newspapers of national circulation, declare a vacancy and request for applications.”
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Yet Mr. Kinoti was appointed by former President Kenyatta. In contrast, his predecessor Mr. Ndegwa Muhoro was directly appointed by the late President Kibaki on the eve of the promulgation of the 2010 Constitution; a move legal observers thought was meant to circumvent the law.
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