President Uhuru Kenyatta is this morning scheduled to finally commission the multi-billion shillings National Police Service Forensic Laboratory at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters on Kiambu road.
DCI boss George Kinoti said yesterday the President had confirmed the event that had initially been slated for February 28, before it was postponed at the 11th hour without any explanation.
The Forensic Laboratory had been identified as a security flagship project under Vision 2030 and was one of the projects to be completed under the 1st Medium Term plan 2008-2012.
“The dream for the country to have a National Forensic facility that would help in solving crime scientifically has been elusive for many years, even after successive governments invested billions of shillings in the project,” DCI said.
According to DCI, the project was halted after it was marred by corruption, gobbling up billions of shillings that went to the pockets of a few, thereby killing the dream of Kenyan taxpayers.
“Despite being classified under the security, peace building and conflict management sector which plays a critical and strategic role in achieving the targets of vision 2030, the project failed to materialize until March 2014, when the current administration kicked off the project,” DCI said.
The government has invested heavily in the construction of the physical structure and installed the relevant state-of-the-art equipment, in the 10 specialized scientific labs within the laboratory.
Qualified detectives in various academic scientific fields such as Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, and Information Technology among others have been deployed to offer their professional services in their respective areas of specialization.