Experts raise alarm over DCI's disregard for mobile phone data in Kenei murder case

DCI's competence called into question

File image of DCI boss George Kinoti

Telecommunications experts have called into question a claim made by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti that Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei's mobile phone data had been erased through formatting of his device.

The Standard reported its sources in leading telecommunication firms who indicated that all the data including call logs and messages which were in Kenei's phone were readily available through a back up plan which all companies are legally required to preserve for a period of at least three years.

The experts indicated that it was out of the norm for the DCI to fail to obtain the erased data which would easily have been provided by the relevant telecommunications industry.

Further, retrieval of data such as photos and videos in Kenei's handset would have easily been done by data retrieval firms that specialize in that work.

Kinoti indicated that his detectives were convinced that Kenei was murdered in cold blood but the pursuit for his killers went cold after it emerged that mobile phone data in his phone had been erased.

Deputy President William Ruto has criticized DCI's handling of the Kenei murder investigations.

The DP went as far as claiming that Kinoti was engaged in a political witch-hunt aimed at tarnishing the reputation of his office.

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