The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has issued an apology for publishing fake and misleading photos on its social media accounts.
The photos were meant to corner suspects of the mass action organized by Azimio leader Raila Odinga last Monday.
Through its social media pages, the DCI said it “wishes to unreservedly apologize to the public for the mix-up of images in yesterday’s communication, which was meant to appeal for information regarding the whereabouts of criminal suspects involved in Monday’s illegal demonstrations.”
The apology went on to indicate that “the mix-up was partly occasioned by the overwhelming information that we had received via the #FichuakwaDCI online platform regarding the reported incidents of violence.”
The DCI is however, still appealing to members of the public to submit any information regarding the whereabouts of suspects in fresh images it published alongside the post.
The media, led by Nation, indicated that most of the photos published were from old protests in 2018 and some in August 2022 just after the announcing of the election results.
One of the photos published by the DCI was taken when Raila Odinga’s Kisumu supporters took to the streets to protest election results after Azimio leader Raila Odinga lost to President Ruto.
“Most of the photos published by DCI purported to be from Monday demos were not from Monday’s demonstrations. The DCI has knowingly, willingly and with intent, chosen to publish false and misleading information,” NTV posted on its Twitter page.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.