15 November 2012

Kenya: King'ori Tells IG Interview Politicians Tied to Drugs

DEPUTY commissioner of Police Kingori Mwangi yesterday told the National Police Service Commission that he has information linking top politicians to drug trafficking.

Kingori has applied to become a deputy Inspector General of Police but told the NPSC that he did not questioned over drugs because he did not wish to name the individuals.

He was being interviewed for the position of deputy IG. Kingori wrote to the commission before the interview asked for guidance on how to deal with some integrity issues that could be raised against him by the public.

Commission chairman Johnstone Kavulundi yesterday revealed that Kingori did not want to be questioned on the Sh6 billion cocaine haul in 2004 in Nairobi because some top politicians were involved. He was the Nairobi PPO at the time.

Kavulundi then resolved that the commission should not question Kingori on any issue touching on national security, politicians or classified information. Yesterday , members of the public accused Kingori of misuse of funds and even murder of two police officers.

Activist Okiya Omtata emailed the commission on November 7 stating that Kingori was not fit to be deputy IG because he was yet to be cleared of accusations of murder and drug trafficking .

Omtata sent to the commission a copy of a complaint that he had filed with the DPP and responses by the DPP. Another unnamed complainant claimed that Kingori had personally shot Kenyans in Mikindani and Bangladesh during the 2007 post poll chaos.

Kingori responded that Omtata had a personal vendetta against him. He accused some senior officials of giving false information to human rights activists to tarnish his name.

"I have never shot anybody in my life," Kingori told the commission in relation to the shooting of Mirzam Abubakar Kato and Amos Ojwang in Mombasa in 2010.

Another allegation was that Kingori facilitated drug traffickers by intimidating junior officers at road blocks. A policeman from Mombasa claimed Kingori has immense wealth.

"I don't even own a kiosk at the coast or a taxi in Mombasa," said Kingori. He said the allegations were aimed at stopping him from ascending to higher office.

Kingori made a strong presentation on his vision as a deputy IG. He said he would improve the relationship between the police and the public.

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