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George Kinoti Biography, Education, Career, Net Worth, Family

George Kinoti Biography, Education, Career, Net Worth, Family
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George Kinoti is a man who is well-known to Kenyans as the country’s Director of Criminal Investigations. He is a man who has also made history as one of Kenya’s public servants who has been thrust in jail for a four-month period. This article looks into his biography highlighting his background, career, and personal life journey.

George Kinoti Age and Place of Birth

George Kinoti was born in 1967 in Meru Town. Growing up in the slums, he did not think he would one day become the man in Kenya’s DCI seat. He was brought up by a single and religious mother who taught him not to worry in life and rely on God’s providence. This was especially the case after his father left the family when he was young leaving behind a family of seven only meeting his father when he was thirty years old. 

George Kinoti Education Background

After primary school, he joined Pope Pius X Seminary where he passed his O-level examination leading the class. He had then begun taking his path down the theological path when he was admitted into Kanyakine High School, near the seminary. After passing his A-level exams, he enrolled in Egerton University to pursue a sociology degree. In those days, new students also underwent mandatory paramilitary training at the National Youth Service.

He has plans to train in Italy as a Jesuit. While pushing this dream, Bishop Njiru sent him into the National Youth Service camp in Gilgil ending his priesthood dreams. This was the beginning of his career path in his chosen line of work. He pursued an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Geography, later on taking up a Master’s degree in Security Management with a dream to make a difference in the force.

George Kinoti Career Journey

George Kinoti is a police officer who has served in various ranks and stations since his 1992 enlistment. He was previously the Central Bank of Kenya National Police’s Head of Security and Investigation ServiceSpokesman/Communications Director based in the Inspector General’s office. On 5th January 2018, he was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the new DCI in replacement of Ndegwa Muhoro. His career has seen him get thirty-five bullet wounds and a near-death experience. 

His career has seen him battle robbers in Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Isebania, and other regions, and worked as a Personal Assistant to the former DCI Joseph Kamau before his appointment. Kinoti’s career as PA had also seen him lead a team of elite detectives called Kanga Squad which took an iron fist approach in handling Nairobi terrorists.

Another of his notable career experiences was on 11th and 12th August 2014 when he was investigating and finally prosecuted three guards at Norfolk Apartments. The guards had attacked Ngugi wa Thiongo and his wife stealing a laptop, a wedding band, three gold rings, and Sh 34,000 where also 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.

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In recent developments, seventy-three DCI officers were transferred after Kinoti’s announcement. The memo dated 18th January 2022 will see officers deployed to the DCI headquarters before or on 20th January. The DCI went on to add, “The rest of the officers should report to their new station on or before January 28. Ensure proper handling and taking over is done, confirm departure and arrival.” 

Some of the new DCI commanders include Ruto Kipchumba (Kigumo), David Simiyu (Nzau Emali), Augustine Mutembei (Dandora), John Lelei (North Igembe), David Kirui (Rachuonyo South), Norman Mugogo (Bomet East), Mohamed Adan (Nandi Central) and Samuel Kibor (Koibatek). Others are Ken Ogutu (Mashuuru), George Masayi (Nyatike), Reuben Byegon (Uriri), Doglas Isaboke (Emuhaya), Ken Makana (Kehancha), John Kimani (Kasarani), Boniface Mulee (Marsabit South), Evans Wesonga (Marani) and Ken Mwongera (Kajiado Central).

George Kinoti said the transfers are in line with seeking the service’s security capacity amidst increased crime incidents and equipping the Forensic Laboratory.

George Kinoti Personal Life

The DCI says he is a very prayerful man. In describing what drives him, the DCI says, “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.” The DCI is married with three children but respects the need to keep these matters private.

Real Name George Maingi Kinoti
Age 67 (As of 2022)
Nationality  Kenyan
Education Level University
Place of Birth Meru
Birth Sign N/A
Year of Birth 1967
Religion  Christianity
Spouse  Mrs. Kinoti
Children  3
Profession/Career DCI
Net Worth N/A


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