Ruto fires back at Raila over use of foreign agencies to solve murder cases
President William Ruto has said Kenya will not involve foreign agencies to solve cases involving extrajudicial killings in the country.
The head of state was responding to a call by Azimio la Umoja leader Raila Odinga for the government to tap foreign detectives to look into the unsolved murders including those of businessmen Jacob Juma and IEBC’s Chris Musando.
Speaking at Supreme Court during the launch of the State of the Judiciary and the Administration of Justice report Ruto said: “We don’t need advice from Scotland Yard to remove and disband the murderous units in our police force. We just need to respect our Constitution and do the right thing.”
On Thursday, Raila Odinga criticized the administration of President Ruto over the ongoing investigation into extrajudicial killings, calling it a witch hunt against former DCI director Geroge Kinoti.
In a press conference on Thursday, the former prime minister condemned extrajudicial killings but claimed that the investigations had turned “vindictive”.
He claimed that the president had abused his power by purportedly targeting particular people and police officers.
“As a party, we believe in the sanctity of life of every Kenyan. We believe in the rule of law. We believe in due process. We are opposed to extrajudicial executions in our country because our supporters have been the greatest victims over the years. We believe that all, not some, cases of real or suspected extrajudicial executions need to be investigated and those responsible be punished,” Raila said.
In an effort to restore sanity to the security sector, President Ruto recently disbanded the Special Service Unit, which he accused of being involved in murder and disappearance cases, and overhauled the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.