Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has said that the government is looking for an individual with particular traits to seat at the helm of the Director of Criminal investigations (DCI).

The position fell vacant after the resignation of George Kinoti, as announced by President William Ruto on September 27.

Ruto said he has accepted Kinoti’s resignation, paving way for the appointment of a new DCI boss.

While speaking to Citizen TV on Sunday evening, DP Gachagua disclosed that Kinoti’s successor must not be a “drama queen” and should be a professional who will be fully devoted to serve within the dictates of his office.

“We are looking for a professionals DCI, not a politician, not a drama queen. Why DCI officers are in civilian clothes is because they are supposed to be discreet so that they are able to carry out investigations in a discreet manner but we had a DCI who was always in the press. He made a whole confusion about the DCI,” said Gachagua.

“We want a professional DCI who will not spend his time on drama, on the press and will investigate cases properly get evidence, take them to court and get a conviction. The details of the investigation should also be known by the press from the charge sheet on the date the plea is being taken.”

He cited the National Youth Service (NYS) graft scandal, claiming that they were incompetent in dealing with the case as lots of money were unaccounted for.

“You remember there is a time they said that Ksh.9 billion has been stolen from NYS then they took someone to court for Ksh.80 million and people were asking what happened to the rest. We want a DCI who is not a drama queen. We want a DCI who is discreet and professional to back the IG and we want the IG to take charge,” he said.

Meanwhile, the National Police Service Commission has invited interested candidates to send their applications to be considered for the position by midnight, Thursday, October 6, 2022. Hamisi Massa is now acting in the DCI boss capacity.

To apply, candidate is expected to be a Kenyan citizen who has a degree from a University recognized in Kenya and have served a public institution at management level for at least 10 years.

The candidate is also expected to have knowledge and experience in criminal investigation or policing and have relevant experience in management, law, economics, change management, finance, governance or public administration.

All applications and those shortlisted will be published in the print media.