Deputy President William Ruto’s allies tore into Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti after he announced the move to reopen 2007 Post Election Violence (PEV) cases.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and his counterparts Susan Kihika (Nakuru), Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), and Kandara MP Alice Wahome claimed the move was politically motivated.

Murkomen claimed that the announcement was meant to clip Ruto’s wings as well as inciting violence against communities.

Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a past hearing
Deputy President William Ruto at the ICC during a past hearing

“The statement by DCI is a desperate move by the System after failing in all their efforts to bring down the DP. They want to incite violence against communities in Rift Valley and especially Eldoret to weaken DP’s political strength in Mt.Kenya,” he stated.

The Senator went on to urge all communities in Rift Valley and across the country to resist any form of violence from what he termed as ‘the state-sponsored violence’.

Kihika on her part claimed that Kinoti’s announcement was bound to raise tensions and asked Kenyans to refrain from violence.

“When you see their Hatchet Man DCI, trying to raise tensions and incite communities against each other you know they are desperate!

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika

“Hope they do not kill people, burn houses to justify Kinoti’s statements. Kenyans should resist the temptation to engage in violence and continue living in peace,” she said.

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa claimed that the move by the DCI is a bid to save the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“One would honestly sympathize with DCI Kinoti. The political circus and shenanigans he has taken us through, from Fight against Corruption to now an attempt to drive ethnic animosity in the Rift to rescue BBI? Come on! A little intelligence!” stated Ichung’wa.

“Very shameful of DCI Kinoti to weave his unending political tales using victims of 2007 PEV. He cannot claim to have the capacity to do a better job than KNHRC and Waki.

“The government should activate those reports if they are genuine. Otherwise, this is the usual kieleweke desperation,” noted Kericho Senator Cheruiyot

Kandara MP Alice Wahome on her part questioned the timing of the announcement by DCI after over 118 statements were recorded on Monday, November 23.

“For 12 years there were no complaints, no complainants and statements and no action from the DCI. Suddenly over 70 people today recorded statements on PEV.

“DCI Kinoti one would be tempted to congratulate you. But ooh No that is a sinister, evil plan you have hatched,” she said.

A photo of Kandara MP Alice Wahome in her office.
Kandara MP Alice Wahome in her office.