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Mohamed Amin Ibrahim: Exit George Kinoti Enters New DCI Boss Keen On Making A Mark

By Prudence Minayo

Following the resignation of George Kinoti in September as the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI), over 220 candidates expressed interest in the position. David Kipkosgey Birech, Gideon Nyale Munga, Eliud Kipkoech Lagat, Barasa Walumoli, Nicholas Ireri Kamwende, Dr. Simon Mwangi Wanderi and Esther Chepkosgei Saroney were among the candidates shortlisted for the position. 

However, it was Mohamed Amin Ibrahim who carried the day just as he had been confident of doing. After he was sworn in, he expressed his joy and went on to say it was like returning home since he had worked with the DCI for most of his career. He promised to work without bias and engage all strategic partners to ensure the directorate’s mandate is met. 

“I will always be available and for purposes of records, I would like to give out my number which is, 0722415419, so that any member of the public or any other person who feels like reaching out to me can easily do so,” he said.

Education 

The 58-year-old has a certificate from the National Defense College and a diploma in International Studies from the University of Nairobi. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Security Studies from Egerton University and a Masters in Criminology and Security Management from the same institution. 

Career 

On 14th October 2022, Mohamed Amin was gazetted as the new head of the DCI following his appointment by Dr. William Ruto. He took his oath of office on Wednesday, 17th October 2022 in an event presided over by Chief Justice Martha Koome

Amin joined the police force in 1989. In 2002, he was part of the Anti-Corruption Police Unit, which is no longer in existence.

He has also worked at different roles in different times including as: 

  • The head of Banking Fraud Unit at the Central Bank  
  • Regional DCI boss in North Eastern, and Rift Valley, 
  • A DCIO in different stations, Langata, Thika, Mandera, Lang’ata and Kilindini

Amin has investigated high profile cases. He was involved in the case of former deputy Chief Justice Nancy Barasa and security guard Rebecca Kerubo and testified during the case. He also worked on and prosecuted the murder of the late Bishop Luigi. 

Prior to becoming the head of DCI, he served as the director of the police Internal Affairs Unit.