President Kenyatta officially opens the DCI National Forensic Laboratory
President Uhuru Kenyatta officially inaugurated the National Forensic Laboratory of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Monday.
Speaking at the launch at the DCI headquarters in Nairobi, President Kenyatta said the new state-of-the-art facility will improve the DCI’s ability to unravel complex crimes and support the criminal justice system through evidence-based investigations. proofs.
The President added that the new forensic laboratory will also facilitate the rapid and reliable reconstruction of events as well as the identification of suspects by validated and internationally acceptable means.
“The evidence-based investigation, which is made possible by these enhanced forensic capabilities, will also guide the modernization of the Criminal Investigations Directorate and ensure that the Directorate meets international policing norms and standards.
“As an added dividend, it will also protect our police officers from unfounded allegations that have existed in the past,” President Kenyatta said.
He pointed out that the state-of-the-art facility will also help unravel capital crimes such as murder and robbery as well as combat emerging and transitional organized crimes including terrorism, drug trafficking, illicit drug trade. weapons, counterfeiting, smuggling and wildlife offences.
Noting that over the past two decades crime has changed dramatically and expanded to new frontiers, the President said the new facility will revolutionize investigative techniques through cutting-edge science, which will result by a safer and fairer Kenya for all.
“In this regard, this national enterprise should disrupt established criminal patterns through forensic laboratory techniques, crime scene techniques, documentation and proper transportation of exhibits while maintaining the chain of custody as well as the customs and border security,” he said.
The Head of State named SIM card swapping and the typical “tuma kwa hii number” syndicate as some of the crimes that the DCI National Forensic Laboratory will properly handle.
He was pleased that the government’s reforms in the security sector, including the urban security surveillance system, police housing and group medical and life insurance coverage, had strengthened the capacity of the services. police, prison services and the entire criminal justice system.
At the same time, President Kenyatta has instructed the Ministry of Home Affairs, in conjunction with the Ministry of ICT, to find ways to further build the capacity of the Cybercrime Unit within the DCI Forensic Laboratory.
“I further direct the National Police Service to introduce a mandatory continuous professional development program on cyber security for all officers engaged in criminal investigations,” President Kenyatta said.
In his remarks, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, CS of Home Affairs, thanked President Kenyatta for facilitating the creation of transformative security institutions that have helped Kenyans enjoy better services.
“It takes leadership because your vision when you were sworn in in 2013, many of these institutions and things that we are talking about here were non-existent. Today, when we look at the capabilities we have acquired, it is a tribute to your focus, your judgment and your commitment to our country and especially the commitment to the security sector.
“One way to pay tribute to His Excellency the President is to use these resources effectively to make Kenyans even prouder due to the delay in turnaround of investigations as the song about sending samples to South Africa touches come to an end today”, Dr. Fred Matiang’i.
Chief Justice Martha Koome said institutions and stakeholders in Kenya’s criminal justice sector are grateful for the development of the National Forensic Laboratory, saying it will enhance the efficiency of the country’s criminal justice sector.
The Chief Justice noted that the forensic laboratory will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the DCI’s investigative capacity, which will have a positive ripple effect throughout the justice sector.
Other speakers included Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and DCI Director George Kinoti.