The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) anti-counterfeit unit has been disbanded.
DCI boss Mohammed Amin disbanded the unit and transferred all its officers to different regions in the country.
The unit was formed by his predecessor George Kinoti in 2018 after a directive by the then Interior CS Fred Matiang’I following the discovery of sugar in the market that had mercury.
The unit which was headed by Nathan Njoroge was based in Parklands, Nairobi and reported directly to Kinoti, it was tasked with fighting contraband goods imported into the country.
Njoroge was taken to DCI Mandera while another member of the unit, Jacob Kathurima was taken to DCI Turkana South. Others are Samuel Muriithi (DCI Masaba North) Jacob Mong’are (DCI Tseikuru) and Tom Otieno (DCI Nandi East).
The changes also saw 37 officers: Inspectors and Chief Inspectors of Police get moved to new locations.
The disbandment follows that of the Special Service Unit which is accused of being behind killings and abductions.
Nine officers from the unit were arraigned in court for the disappearance of two Indians Zulfiqar Khan and Mohamed Zaid and taxi driver Nicodemus Mwania in Nairobi on July 23.
Acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow on October 16 announced that he had disbanded the unit.
President William Ruto would later claim that he had directed the disbandment of the unit during a rally in Kericho. He said that the unit had gone rogue.
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