Geoffrey Sang case: Court rules DCI can’t prefer criminal charges without DPP’s approval


Geoffrey Sang case: Court rules DCI can't prefer criminal charges without DPP's approval
Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority Eng. Geoffrey Sang. PHOTO| COURTESY

The High court has ruled that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has no powers to institute any criminal charges unless okayed by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

This is after justice George Odunga delivered a judgement in a case in which embattled Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority Eng. Geoffrey Sang challenged the decision by DCI to arrest him and charge him.

According to the petitioner, his arrest by officers of the DCI, his interrogation and subsequent decision to charge him with the offence of abuse of office was maliciously instigated.

Eng. Sang told the court that individuals at the water harvesting authority are colluding with officials of the DCI to have him take a plea as a public officer so that he steps aside and he be removed from office for their preferred candidate to be appointed.

“I have already found that the 2nd Respondent -DCI had no powers to levy the said charges without the consent of the 1st Respondent (DPP) and that the said action was illegal,” Odunga ruled.

Further the court ruled that the action by the DCI can no longer be a basis for the removal of Eng. Sang from office.

Meanwhile, the DPP and DCI have been barred from instituting criminal proceedings against him.

Eng. Geoffrey Sang was arrested over a suspected dam construction scandal.

However, he never answered to any charges as the DPP recalled the file for review.

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