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DCI boss Kinoti blasts Citizen TV, dismisses ‘Gun Galore’ exposé

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has issued a statement on Citizen TV’s exposé ‘Gun Galore’ aired on April 18, 2020.

Speaking during a press conference at the DCI Headquarter along Kiambu Road, the DCI boss dismissed the report saying the guns hired by investigative journalist Purity Mwambia were not authentic.

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Kinoti said ballistics experts examined the guns, and discovered that serial numbers on the weapons did not match any the government has issued.

He added that some serial numbers on the weapons were not authentic.

“Further, ballistics experts examined the weapon and found that it had some modifications on the grip and cleaning rod

“From my experience as a DCI examiner, these types of firearms come from the North Eastern parts of Kenya and among the cattle rustling areas of the country,” said a ballistic expert.

Kinoti also urged journalists to involve police officers when compiling such reports.

“When you receive any information of someone in possession of an illegal firearm, that is when you should inform us, that is our job

“Don’t be cheated that it is safe to do it the way it was done by the people who did it, it was extremely risky and they could even have fallen into a very dangerous trap,” said Kinoti.

He added;

“If we refuse to cooperate with you then you can also report that because this is a very noble task you’re undertaking.”

He further took issue with Citizen TV, accusing the TV station of relying on a criminal’s confession to run such a sensitive report.

“The inaccurate and highly sensational report aired on CTV in the 7pm and 9pm news made no effort to reach out to the security sector for a reply. The report breached very high security protocols

“RMS chose to entirely rely on the confessions of a criminal to air the report. None of the weapons belong to NPS officers. All our weapons are serialised in a particular manner, these ones do not belong to us,” said Kinoti.

The DCI boss addes that he had asked RMS editorial director Joe Ageyo and strategy and innovation director Linus Kaikai to provide more details on the pistol and AK47.

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“Any misuse of a single weapon is cause for alarm because we don’t know how many crimes the weapons have been used in. If you tell us you got them from the police, which officer was it? So that we take action. The way the story was aired was sensationalised against the entire police force,” added Kinoti.

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