Commissioning Of DCI National Forensic Laboratory


The dream for the country to have a National Forensic facility to help solve crime scientifically has been elusive for many years, even after successive governments invested billions of shillings in the project.

Every attempt was marred by corruption, gobbling up billions of shillings that went to the pockets of a few, thereby killing the dream of Kenyan taxpayers.

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 DCI National Forensic Laboratory building

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.

Over the last nine years, 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.

The main gate to the DCI headquarters.

Therefore, the completion of this facility heralds a new chapter in Kenya’s history, as one of the country’s economic mainstays will be key in shaping our prosperity.

This is therefore a historic national achievement that DCI cannot celebrate alone, but with all Kenyans and stakeholders specifically within the criminal justice system.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is this Monday, June 13, 2022, presiding over the commissioning of this critical state-of-the-art facility, that is comparable to none in Africa and which is the regional seat of Forensic investigations.

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