George Kinoti Biography
George Kinot is the Kenyan Director of Criminal Investigations. Before his appointment, he was the previous National Police Spokesman based in the office of the Inspector General of Police. The CID headquarters are located on Kiambu Road, Nairobi. He was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 5 January 2018 to replace Ndegwa Muhoro. He has 35 bullet wounds and a near-death experience to prove it.
George Kinoti Age
George was born in 1967 and grew up in the slums of Meru town. He never dreamed of chasing hard-core thugs in Kenya’s underworld. He is 52 years old as of 2019 but his exact date and month he was born is not yet confirmed.
George Kinoti Family
Kinoti was bought up by a single mother, a very religious person. She used to teach him and the siblings that they should not worry about where their next meal would come from. His father abandoned the family long ago. Kinoti has six siblings and he met his father for the first time when he was age 30. He made peace.
Kinoti was not interested in university education. His heart was in the priesthood. He had made plans to leave for Italy to train as a Jesuit.
The bishop asked the administrator [at the Jesuit Institute] to take me to the National Youth Service camp in Gilgil and hand me over to the commandant. That is how my dream of the priesthood ended.”
Kinoti’s experiences at Gilgil and university changed his outlook. He said his many encounters with the police and the many negative stories about policing inspired in him a desire to join the Police Service. Maybe he could make a difference.
Bishop Njiru was very supportive and wrote to Commissioner of Police Philip Kilonzo to introduce Kinoti.
Throughout his university days and police training in Kiganjo, Kinoti remained attached to the Catholic Church in Meru. He stayed and worked at the diocesan headquarters during holidays until he graduated. He started life on his own.
The DCI says he is a very prayerful man. He does not hesitate to state what drives him.
“Humanity and a sense of fairness. All of us are equal in the eyes of God. You cannot be superior to others simply because of position and money and whom you know,” he says.
George Kinoti Education
Kinoti after completing his primary with a good score in his certificate of Primary Education he joined Pope Pius X Seminary. At the seminary, he led his class in the O Level exam [Form 4 under the old system]. In his childhood, he wanted to be a priest. Kinoti rejected the school he was admitted to and chose one near the seminary, Kanyakine High School. The headmaster was astounded that young Kinoti had turned down the better school. Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, was a year ahead of him.
Kinoti excelled in his studies and within a short time was appointed school captain. He passed his A-Level exam and was admitted to Egerton University to study sociology. In those days, new students also underwent mandatory paramilitary training at the National Youth Service.
George Kinoti Married | Children
Kinoti is married with three grown children, but due to his rank in the government, he is somehow confidential when it comes to matters concerning his personal life.
George Kinoti Career
Kinoti is a recognized detective who has battled highway robbers in Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Isebania among others before being redeployed to Nairobi as Personal Assistant to former Director of Criminal Investigations Joseph Kamau.
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Having worked as a PA to the Director of CID, Kinoti is expected to improve the welfare of officers. He came into the limelight when he led a team of elite detectives under the call sign Kanga Squad which ruthlessly dealt with criminals who had terrorized Nairobians.
In 2004, Kinoti led detectives in investigating and finally prosecuting the three guards implicated in the August 11th and 12th 2004 attack at Norfolk Apartments on author Ngugi Wa Thiongo and his wife Njeri.
The Ngugi’s were robbed of a laptop, a wedding band, three gold rings and Sh 34,000 during the incident in which Njeri was also sexually abused. The three suspects namely Elias Sikuku Wanjala, Peter Mutati Wafula and Richard Kayago Maeti were convicted in 2006 and sentenced to death.
Kinoti will be remembered for writing his resignation letter in a huff and attaching a cheque to it after he was transferred from CID headquarters to Migori in what appeared to be retribution by former Commissioner of Police Mohammed Hussein Ali. However, Kinoti was recalled and redeployed to be in charge of the Complaints Section.
George Kinoti Twitter
@DCI_Kenya Director Mr. George Kinoti was today awarded the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear(CBS)by H.E @UKenyatta for his Distinguished & Outstanding Service to the Nation. We congratulate him for this achievement&wish him the best as he steers the DCI to greater heights! pic.twitter.com/xscS4bPZ1C
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) December 12, 2018