President Uhuru Kenyatta has thrown Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) boss George Kinoti under the bus over the revisit the 2007/2008 Post Election Violence (PEV) cases.
While speaking during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) signatures collection launch held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), President Uhuru blasted the DCI boss over his remarks on the revival of the 2007/08 PEV cases.
The President made it clear that he would not accept the revisiting of the 2007 cases stating that it amounts to reopening of old wounds.
Uhuru further stated that he was not aware of DCI Kinoti’s statements urging the agency on the need to exercise some forethought before addressing the media on such delicate matters.
“Wale ambao wanajaribu kuchimbua makaburi. Nilisoma kwa gazeti juzi… wasifikiri wanacheza, mimi siwezi kukubaliana na mambo kama hayo (Those trying to exhume bodies we buried in the past. I read it in the papers the other day. This is not a joke and I cannot agree to such).
“Tumetoka huko na mambo hayo tumezika katika kaburi asahau…kwa sababu ukijaribu kuleta maneno hapa wewe hujui ni shida gani… watu wengine hawafikirii (We settled those issues back then and buried them. When you try to revive such matters you just don’t know what will happen. Some people just don’t think). You don’t think before you talk, you don’t think before you act… you must always think,” the President asserted.
The President insisted that the issues that affected the country in the past would be resolved through constitutional and legal avenues for the country to be united.
“You must always think before you do something. Sisi hatutaki vita katika taifa letu la Kenya. Sisi wengine wetu tunajua maana ya amani na sisi tunataka kurekebisha zile shida kwa njia ya kikatiba na kisheria ndio Kenya isonge mbele na wakenya wawe kitu kimoja (We don’t want violence in our country Kenya. Some of us know what peace is and we want to correct all the mistakes made through the constitution and legal avenues so that Kenyans can move forward together,” said President Uhuru.
Kinoti’s announcement to revisit the 2007/2008 PEV cases elicited criticism with Deputy President William Ruto and his allies coming out strongly to condemn the move.
DP’s allies accused Kinoti of being a hatchet-man in a bigger scheme to botch DP’s 2022 presidential ambitions.
Ruto while wading into the matter stated that the DCI boss’ statement was aimed at provoking ethnic hate and clashes.