Kinoti Has Every Right to Probe Cases of Corruption- Attorney General Tells off Ruto and Allies

The Attorney General Paul Kihara has schooled politicians who came out to attack the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti claiming he had no mandate to investigate cases of graft.

Led by the Deputy President William Ruto, the politicians claimed Kinoti was being used to undermine mega Jubilee projects under the guise of fighting corruption

But AG Kihara and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chief executive Twalib Mbarak yesterday told off Ruto and his allies asserting that the DCI and EACC have powers under the Constitution to investigate on any matter that borders on criminality including corruption.

Appearing before the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, the duo said unlike what is going on in the public domain, the law allows the DCI to also undertake investigation on serious economic crimes in the country.

In particular, Kihara said under the Constitution and National Police Service Act, the DCI is mandated to carry out investigations on corruption matters to safeguard public money.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is mandated to ask the DCI to carry out investigations on matters of a criminal nature, Kihara said.

“The DPP has powers to instruct the DCI  to investigate any matter that is of criminal nature and the DCI must comply.  At the end of the day, corruption is criminal, there is no corrupt act that is not criminal,” he said.

Twalib said the DCI and his office have a cordial relationship and are working together to ensure they win the war on graft.

The duo made the remarks after members of the committee demanded to know whether the DCI has powers to carry out investigations graft matters.

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