The George Kinoti led Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has accused the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji’s office of shielding criminals.
The DCI cries foul over what they term interference and inordinate delays in criminal probes by the ODPP.
In an internal communication to his team, Director of Investigations Bureau John Kariuki vowed they will no longer send any progress report to Haji’s office from now on and will only send complete investigation files.
“PUI (Person Under Investigation) files shall not be forwarded to the DPP until the investigations are complete as this tends to interfere with the ongoing investigations, thus hampering and delaying the investigation process unnecessarily,” Kariuki said.
This communique means that the DCI has effectively locked out the DPP from their investigations in what signals the end of the camaraderie between Haji and Kinoti that left Kenyans in awe, praise and inspired hope.
Last week, Kinoti’s officers arrested CEO of the National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority (NWHSA) Geoffrey Sang over claims of irregular tendering.
Ordinarily, Kinoti would have consulted with the DPP before the arrest but in this case, he did not.
Signs that things were falling apart between the two powerful offices first became clearer following the botched prosecution of ex-KPA boss Daniel Manduku in early March. He had been arrested over alleged illegal tendering.
Haji refused to charge Manduku even after being taken to court. Immediately after, Kinoti claimed his office had been betrayed.
“My officers are now getting frustrated daily. They spend a lot of time investigating crime, risking their lives — and even after getting all the evidence required to prosecute cases, they are reduced to carrying files,” he was quoted by the Daily Nation as saying.
Days later, the two came forward to deny any reports of bad blood.