IN SHORT: A number of posts on social media in Kenya claim top cop Munga Nyale has replaced George Kinoti as director of criminal investigations. Kinoti resigned following William Ruto becoming president, but he has been replaced by Amin Mohamed Ibrahim, not Nyale.
The post reads: “BREAKING NEWS: President William Samoei Ruto appoints Munga Nyale as the new Director of Criminal Investigations (@DCI_Kenya). He has replaced George Kinoti.”
DCI has raised its national profile in recent years and its leadership is closely watched because of its role in investigating serious crimes, such as corruption.
But Kinoti had been thought to be living on borrowed time after Ruto became president, who has been critical of his time at the helm. Kinoti resigned in September 2022.
But was Nyale announced as the new DCI?
Reports of Nyale’s appointment false
The national police service instead congratulated another candidate, Amin Mohamed Ibrahim, as the new director of the DCI, on 15 October.
A post on Twitter read: “Mr. Amin, the outgoing Head, Internal Affairs Unit has been appointed by His Excellency President William Samoei Ruto, PhD., CGH, as the DCI Boss, to replace Mr. George Kinoti.”
Ibrahim has since been sworn in, as reported by Kenyan media. Nyale has not replaced Kinoti.
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