A few weeks ago, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i announced that the government has acquired Forensic DNA Analysis machines to help in fighting crimes.
This was a good thing, but being launched at a time police reforms failed.
DNA profiling is a forensic technique in criminal investigations, comparing criminal suspects’ profiles to DNA evidence so as to assess the likelihood of their involvement in the crime. It is also used in parentage testing, to establish immigration eligibility, and in genealogical and medical research.
The problem with Kenyan criminal justice system which starts with investigations by police to the trial at the Judiciary is the MANNER IN WHICH POLICE CARRY OUT INVESTIGATIONS or handle the scene of crime.
For example, do you remember the case of slain Moi University Student Ivy Wangeci? the police that arrived at the scene didn’t even secure it. One was even pictured carrying the murder weapon with bare hands.
Yesterday, the body of Dutch Tycoon Tob Cohen was retrieved from a concrete-sealed septic tank in his compound. The crime scene wasn’t secured, as police officers stepped on it without mercy.
NRMke General Miguna Miguna didn’t take long to comment on the case.
The police were being hailed as heroes for finding the body of the Tob Cohen, Miguna saw a chance to tweet about the manner in which the crime scene was mis-handled
‘The incompetent and criminally-convicted Kinoti believes that stating that he “led” the non-existent operation would elevate his incoherence, confusion and clumsiness to the level of diligence which he and his bumbling and compromised department lacks. Kinoti can’t even speak!’
He continued,’Hogwash. The Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives DID NOT “discover” Tob Cohen’s body. The Dutch detectives who arrived in Kenya just a few days ago did. You are corrupt and incompetent. You didn’t even secure the scene. You have been rummaging through and contaminating the scene like rogue beavers’.
‘What is this? The crime scene isn’t secured. People wearing no forensic uniforms and gloves are walking all over the place. Multiple cross-contaminations of the scene with human saliva, sweat, finger prints, foot prints, etc., are occurring’.
As stated earlier, the Kenya Police reforms failed and thus, the training in the manner they are supposed to handle the crime scene has always been wanting.
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