President William Ruto contradicted himself by opening up on what led to the exit of former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti.
In a joint media interview with leading television stations on Wednesday night, the President for the first time revealed that he fired Kinoti over various extra-judicial killings.
“There was a container at the Nairobi area where people were being slaughtered in a police station.
“I mean how did we end up there? What kind of rogue an institution was that? That is why I fired that Kinoti man,” a visibly angry Ruto said.
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When hard-pressed by journalists to confirm whether Kinoti resigned as he had announced in September or whether he fired him, the president tried to downplay the matter.
“it is a matter for another day,” he said adding that it was saddening that more than 200 bodies of innocent Kenyans had continued to be retrieved in rivers and thickets with the cause of their deaths remaining unknown.
He also added that he had tasked the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to expedite the probe involving the various murders and bring the culprits to book.
“I had a thorough meeting with IPOA and we have agreed that it is not necessary for us to establish another task force when IPOA is there and it is squarely within their mandate to tell us how Kenyans ended up being killed in this manner and it was business as usual,” he stated
“Thirty bodies in Yala, 17 in Garissa, there was a container here at Nairobi area where people were being slaughtered, in a police station…how did we end up there? What kind of rogue institution was that? And that is why I fired that Kinoti man because it’s not right. There will be responsibility,” said the president.
Ruto’s statement has however contradicted his previous remarks in September 2022 during the formation of his Cabinet. At the time, Ruto announced that the former DCI boss had tendered his resignation.