11 December 2018

Kenya: DCI Defies Court Order On Social Media Use

The Director of Criminal Investigations David Kinoti has defied a court order that barred him from parading suspects on social media.

Justice Wilfrida Okwany had on Friday issued temporary orders on Friday restraining Mr Kinoti and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet from posting photographs of suspects being booked at police stations on the internet, specifically on their Twitter and Facebook.

But on Monday, the DCI posted the photo of Police Constable Elvis Ombati Mitenti who was arrested for trying to exhort money by threatening a manager of a private hospital with arrest.

The suspect works at the Dog Unit in Nakuru.

He allegedly demanded for money and also impersonated DCI officers attached to Nakuru Central Police Station.

"He was nabbed by detectives for trying to extort money by threatening the Manager of Njoro Huduma Nursing Home with arrest. He was accusing the management of illegal power connection," posted the DCI.

"Upon interrogation, the officer admitted to threatening the management with arrest in order for him to be bribed. He had also claimed to be a DCI detective based at Nakuru Central Police Station, which was untrue," the DCI tweeted.

The agency confirmed that investigations had already commenced in order to nab his accomplices.

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