5 December 2012

Kenya: Three Interviewed for Top CID Post

Three more candidates were yesterday interviewed for the position of the director of CID. They included deputy CID director Gideon Kimilu, CID head of investigations Mohammed Amin and Interpol chief Mary Kaol.

Kimilu told the National Police Service Commission that he has reservations in having police listen to private calls as a way of fighting crime.

He told the commission that he would authorise the tapping of mobile phone conversations only after obtaining authority from the court because the constitution does not give the police powers to tap conversations.

Kimilu was questioned on claims by a member of the public that he received a Sh5 million bribe from officials of Harambee Sacco to stop corruption investigations.

An officer who did not reveal his identity also claimed that Kimilu had destroyed vital documents resulting in the collapse of the investigations.

Kimilu defended himself saying he was not involved in the investigations and did not try to influence junior officers who were handling the matter.

He has also been shortlisted as one of the potential candidates for the position of deputy Inspector General in charge of the Administration Police.

A parliamentary report on the Harambee Sacco probe which was presented to the commission did not mention the Deputy commissioner by name but NPSC chairman Johnstone Kavulundi said the commission was questioning him on the matter after the public made insinuations that he was involved.

Senior assistant commissioner Mohammed Amin whose interview for the position of deputy IG in charge of the Police was full of public complaints presented the commission with a document defending himself from the allegations.

Wananchi accused Amin of among other things corruption, tribalism, nepotism and lying. In one of the complaints, a man claimed Amin was a rumour-monger and asked the commission to "save Kenyans from the jaws of the corrupt and gullible".

"The allegations area made by a click of police officers who have ganged up to malign my name," Amin said yesterday. Kaol who also failed to make it to the final list of candidates for the position of Deputy IG of the Police, told the commission that she will strengthen the CID if appointed the directorate chief.

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