Africa-Press – Kenya. The Director of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, has been elected to a lucrative post in the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as the Interpol.
DCI Kinoti was on Thursday, November 25, voted in to sit in the executive committee of the international police unit. He will represent Africa in the powerful global body that brings together 195 member states.
Kinoti, in his appreciation speech, acknowledged the efforts put in place in Kenya and other African nations to combat extremism.
“The realization that we cannot handle this monster alone has contributed to the successes that we have registered so far across the world as a result of cooperation and information sharing between our different countries and security agencies,” the DCI boss stated.
According to DCI, his election to the decision-making table of the world’s largest police organisation is an endorsement of the strategies that the country has put in place in the management of crime, especially in counter-extremism, organised crime, cybercrime, and transnational crimes among others.
“It is also a vote of confidence in the Directorate of Criminal Investigations at the global stage, on the manner that we have continued to discharge our mandate in the recent past. DCI Headquarters hosts the INTERPOL regional bureau for East and Central Africa as well as the Eastern Africa Centre of Excellence, where all counter extremism-related operations within the region are coordinated,” DCI wrote on their official social media page.
Interpol, which was established over 100 years ago, works with member countries to handle cases of international crime. The body has taken credit for foiling a number of international crimes.
This appointment comes amidst a storm seeking to have him jailed for contempt of court. The DCI boss was sentenced to four months which he moved to oppose the conviction.
However, attempts by Attorney General, Paul Kihara Kariuki, to suspend the judgment failed as Justice Anthony Mrima declined to set aside the jail term. He further ordered the AG’s application to be heard on Thursday, November 25.
Kinoti’s four-month sentence was issued by Justice Mrima on November 18, 2021, after he pointed out that the DCI boss did not return the firearms belonging to Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) politician, Jimi Wanjigi.