Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions (DPP), has now stated that he has no remorse regarding the recent withdrawal of several prominent criminal cases.
Since President William Ruto’s administration began, a number of criminal prosecutions brought against influential members of the administration have been dropped, while other former business officials have been released as a result of charges being dropped against them.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ assurances, according to DPP Haji, were the basis for his initial choices to charge (DCI).
Three governors, Dhadho Ghodana of Tana River, Fahim Twaha of Lamu, and Anne Waiguru of Kirinyaga, at least, were recommended for prosecution by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission in March 2022. According to gaps, DPP Haji has not yet decided whether to file charges.
“The choice to charge is not made by the EACC CEO. This office belongs to me. We request that they address any areas where we consider the evidence is insufficient. Since we are familiar with EACC’s cases and are satisfied with their work, we are not examining any of their cases. After receiving the file back and confirming our satisfaction, we will decide whether to charge “said Haji.
Uhuru Kenyatta, the previous president, gave EACC the task of investigating the KEMSA issue in August 2020. According to correspondence between the DPP and the EACC as of October 2020, the EACC was required to complete several gaps and deliver the file. For the past two years, neither of the two agencies has provided an update.
According to the DPP, investigations into the KEMSA affair are still ongoing, and when they are finished, several people—including some members of the Azimio coalition—may face charges.
A claim made by President William Ruto on January 4th that the DPP had been threatened with resignation if he didn’t act in a way that pleased the previous administration has also been corroborated by Haji.
“As the president said, let the past rest in peace. As a nation, we must be prepared to go forward. Although we were forced, we rebelled. You are all aware of what I went through. I had 20 court appearances. Trying to get rid of me because I’ve been tough about charging or not charging certain people, “he stated.