The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has apologised over false photos they claimed were from Azimio protests.
While issuing the public apology, the directorate blamed it on “overwhelming information” received via online platform.
“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations 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,” DCI said via their Twitter handle.
“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 move comes after sustained pressure from Azimio leaders, among them Narc-Kenya boss Martha Karua.
“The DCI and the National Police owe Kenyans an explanation & apology on this attempt to manipulate #MaandamanoMonday. This confirms that the illegitimate regime used sections of the police and thugs to brutalize protesters last Monday,” Karua said.
Kenyans for a better part of Saturday castigated the directorate, questioning why an investigative body would be using some photos taken more than 15 years ago claiming they were from the Azimio anti-government protests held last Monday March 20, 2023.
Further, it was established that some of the photos were taken in other countries while some photos were manipulated using Google Reverse Image Search technology to give a fake illustration of the real situation on the ground.