DCI reopens 2007/08 post-election violence cases

DCI Boss George Kinoti
Directorate of Criminal Investigation boss George Kinoti. [Photo: People Daily]

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday vowed to probe afresh the scandalous 2007/08 post-election violence (PEV).

Speaking to journalists at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu Road, DCI boss George Kinoti said that they have recorded 72 murder cases, 118 threat cases and 44 land displacement cases all of which are linked to the 2007/08 skirmishes.

“Today we have recorded 72 cases…We will follow everything you have told us today in regards to the 2007-08 post-election violence,” Kinoti said.  “We know those who grabbed and are feeling comfortable…they are those who killed, who pass over graves for people who they killed.”

He said this will mark the beginning of serving justice to the affected families especially those whose kin were killed by people who had knowledge that they were committing a crime.

Kinoti warned that no one should dare return the country to such a moment adding that he has full authorization from the government to ensure that this never happens again.

He promised to have the unnamed perpetrators of 2007-08 post-election violence brought to book soon

“We will follow the truth and we will prepare all the files and we will say this is the person who killed this person, ” he said.

“Very soon you will see the outcome of this event. We will look for them. I know they are waiting for another poll violence to occur,” he added.

This new development comes weeks after Kenyan lawyer Paul Gicheru surrendered to the authorities at The Hague five years after a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

Gicheru has been accused of corruptly tampering with six witnesses lined up to testify against Deputy President William Ruto and his co-accused, radio journalist Joshua Sang.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) through the Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said that Gicheru offered bribes to coerce the witnesses to recant evidence.

This saw the case on crimes against humanity for Ruto and Sang thrown out over lack of sufficient evidence.