The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters is tracking police officers who are on the spot for obstructing investigations in the suicide case of Caroline Kangogo.
DCI will launch investigations into the said officers who it accused of tarnishing the reputation and image of the investigative body by leaking important evidence and leads, especially on social media.
In a notice dated Monday, July 19, DCI stated that the officers had irresponsibly leaked photos of the crime scene where the late corporal Kangogo was lying lifeless, a scenario that sparked an online war between Kenyans and the agency over the matter.
“We have recently received information that police officers are sharing sensitive information that compromises investigations through social media platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.
“Example is the late Police Corporal (W) Caroline Kangogo… thus jeopardising the case and putting the DCI in disrepute in the eyes of the public,” DCI lamented in the notice.
All detectives were cautioned not to leak sensitive leads in an act that is against the law.
The notice further warned them of consequences and serious disciplinary actions such as dismissal from the service.
Sub-County Criminal Investigations Officers (SCCIOs) were reminded that all murder cases investigations are treated under their jurisdiction and form their core roles in the service.
The SCCIOs will thus be held solely responsible for any investigation malpractices.
“Officers are hereby warned to maintain professionalism and ethics at all times and desist from such acts. This message should be cascaded to the lowest officer under your command,” DCI ordered Regional Criminal Investigations Officers (RCIOs), and all DCI directors.
Caroline Kangogo was reported to have shot herself dead after being on the run for two weeks following double homicide.
Her body was discovered at her parents’ home in Anin, Elgeyo Marakwet County on Friday morning, July 16.
DCI however said that it will also investigate the possibility that she may have been murdered after Kenyans at large exposed inconsistencies surrounding her death, poking holes at the photos of the crime scene and opening that she may have been assassinated.
Her father, corporal Barnaba Kibor, affirmed that Kangogo killed herself.
Kangogo will be buried on Saturday, July 24, but not according to her wishes of being cremated in a wedding gown as she detailed in the excerpt of her suicide note: