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Officers of disbanded DCI Unit decry being subjected to unnecessary questioning with four put in detention

Officers of disbanded DCI Unit have decried being subjected to unnecessary questioning amid summon by the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU).

The 21 detectives of the disbanded DCI Unit have complained after being summoned to the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) headquarters in Nairobi.

The officers who had been attached to the Special Services Unit (SSU), whose ranks range from corporal to Inspector of Police, had been asked to report unarmed to the IAU headquarters on Friday, October 21, 2022.  

The IAU handles complaints filed against police officers and recommends punishment for those who are found to have committed professional transgressions. 

Some of the officers, however, said that they were being interrogated needlessly by IAU officers on their alleged participation in extrajudicial killings that have been reported around the country since the establishment of the special squad in 2019.

The leader of the unit, whom they did not name, was yet to be interrogated by the IAU, they claimed, despite the fact that they carried out orders from their superiors.

“We were not working of our own volition. The squad had a leader who was aware of every operation that we carried out day in, and day out and it would be important to question that leader as well. We are being tried on things that we don’t understand, yet we are known to work on orders that are issued to us,” said a member of the squad who spoke in confidence due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Another officer, who was among the best-trained members of the elite unit, said the public was always notified of what the unit was involved in.

The officer also wondered why they were being grilled and not their leaders.

“For two days we have been questioned on things that we really don’t understand. All we are hearing are matters relating to extra-judicial killings. On such sensitive issues it would be better for the questioning to start from the top downwards,” said the other officer.

Meanwhile, a day after being interrogated by the Internal Affairs Unit, four former members of the Special Service Unit have been arrested (IAU).

The four detectives attached to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) were apprehended on Saturday, October 22. 

According to preliminary reports, the individuals were accused of conspiring to conduct a criminal, abuse of office, and kidnappings.

They were detained at an undisclosed location prior to their arraignment on Monday, October 24.

According to reports, the four police officers are a part of a group of 10 officers who were summoned by IAU on Friday, October 21 for questioning over their involvement in the disappearance of two Indians.

The two Indian citizens, Zaid Sami Kidwai and Zulfiqar Ahmad Khan, are reported to have been kidnapped in the days before the elections on August 9.

The two were assisting the campaign team for Ruto by helping to create various plans, according to digital strategist Dennis Itumbi.

Also abducted alongside the two Indians was their driver Nicodemus Mwania.

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