• July 24, 2024

MISSING CONTEXT: Claim that former DCI boss George Kinoti has been jailed for 4 months is misleading

The sentence was imposed in 2021 when Kinoti was in office.

A Facebook post claiming that former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has been jailed for four months is MISSING CONTEXT.

The post has a digital card by Kenyan broadcaster KTN News, with a news alert that the former senior sleuth has been sent to Kamiti Maximum Prison over contempt of court and ordered to surrender himself within seven days.

“From DCI boss to Kamiti prison. Kinoti, it is time to learn prison life. Enjoy!” the post accompanying the Facebook post reads.

The news alert was sent out by KTN News through a Facebook post on 18 November 2021. At the time, Kinoti was still the DCI boss. The sentence was imposed after he defied court orders to return guns belonging to politician Jimi Wanjigi.

Contrary to what the claim suggests, Kinoti has never surrendered himself to prison authorities to serve the sentence.

The former DCI boss remained in office until he tendered his resignation to President William Ruto on 27 September 2022. His replacement, Amin Mohamed Ibrahim, was sworn into office on 19 October 2022.

On 31 October 2022, Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji told KTN News that Kinoti faces possible prosecution over alleged misuse of office.

PesaCheck has examined the Facebook post claiming that former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti has been jailed for four months, and found that it is MISSING CONTEXT.

This post is part of an ongoing series of PesaCheck fact-checks examining content marked as potential misinformation on Facebook and other social media platforms.

By partnering with Facebook and similar social media platforms, third-party fact-checking organisations like PesaCheck are helping to sort fact from fiction. We do this by giving the public deeper insight and context to posts they see in their social media feeds.

Have you spotted what you think is fake or false information on Facebook? Here’s how you can report. And, here’s more information on PesaCheck’s methodology for fact-checking questionable content.

This fact-check was written by PesaCheck senior fact-checker Simon Muli and edited by PesaCheck senior copy editor Cédrick Irakoze and acting chief copy editor Francis Mwaniki.

The article was approved for publication by PesaCheck’s managing editor Doreen Wainainah.



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