New DPP, AG take up office after House nod

Justice Paul Kihara Kariuki is Kenya’s seventh Attorney General following his swearing-in yesterday afternoon. During the same occasion that was held at State house, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta also saw the swearing-in of Noordin Haji as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Justice Kariuki replaces Githu Muigai who tendered his resignation last month. On his part, Haji succeeded Keriako Tobiko who was appointed the Cabinet secretary for Environment following his resignation.

Others who took oath of office include Chief Administrative Secretaries Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi (Environment and Forestry), Hassan Noor Hassan (Sports and Heritage) and John Kipngetich Mosonik (Petroleum and Mining). There were also five Principal Secretaries who were also sworn in.

They are Alfred Kipkorir Cheruiyot (Correctional Services), Jerome Okoth Ochieng (ICT and Innovation), Harry Kimtai Kachuwai (Livestock), John Morangi Omenge (Mining) and Susan Jemtai Koech (EAC Integration and Northern Corridor Development).

Prior to their appointments, Kihara was the president of the Court of Appeal while Haji worked at the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

The two were sworn in hours after Parliament’s approval. According to the report by the Committee on Appointments and that of Justice and Legal Affairs that was submitted to the House, Kihara and Haji met the requirements for their respective jobs.

Legislators expressed approval of the two and urged them to work with due diligence upon taking up respective offices. In particular, on the position of Haji, the MPs urged him to hit the ground running and spare no one—even the big fish.

Led by House Majority Leader Aden Duale, the MPs told Haji to deal with the current problems facing the country including cybercrime, organised crime, corruption, drug trafficking and money laundering.

“We urge Haji to change the scenario, go for the big people, deal with impunity in the political class and ensure that you take the high and mighty to the courts,” said Duale.

Consequently, the MPs also approved five nominees for the position of Principal Secretary after various departmental committees approved them and tabled their reports in the House.

Those approved were Harry Kimtai (Livestock), John Morangi(Mining), Alfred Kipkorir (Correctional Services), Jerome Okoth (Information, communication and technology) and Susan Koech (East African Community).

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