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DCI starts cash scam probe at DPP’s office

Judy Akuma and Kinyuru Munuhe @PeopleDailyKe

The Director of Criminal Investigations has started a probe into claims of financial impropriety at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

DPP Noordin Haji announced yesterday his office is under probe for possible financial impropriety in a move that could put his predecessor in the spotlight.

Haji is said to have invited detectives from DCI Nairobi Area after claims of misuse of money in his office emerged.

It is not clear the period the probe will cover but an insider said they are focusing on personnel in Finance department alleged to have misappropriated operations funds.

The DPP made the revelations on his Twitter handle as he reacted to the arrest of a State Counsel Donald Ochieng’ based at the Taita Taveta Law Courts for allegedly receiving Sh30,000 bribe.

“The DPP further wishes to inform the public that the DCI is currently conducting investigations at the ODPP in relation to financial impropriety,” his office said while confirming the arrest of the prosecutor.

“The DPP is aware EACC operations at the Taita Taveta courts which led to the arrest of a prosecutor on allegations of graft/bribery. The DPP will take the necessary legal action once investigations are completed,” another tweet said.

On Wednesday, EACC officers arrested the prosecutor, who allegedly demanded the bribe as inducement in a defilement case he was prosecuting.

EACC lower Coast regional manager George Ojowi said Ochieng’ was arrested at Taita Taveta Law Courts, in the process of receiving the bribe.

“Our officers on the ground had issued the complainant in the matter with treated notes, and moved in after the suspect had received the money which he had put aside,” Ojowi said. The complainant had been charged with defilement.

“My office has already forwarded the file to the office of the DPP for action. Once he recommends that we charge him we will do so,” he said.

Other officials at the ODPP said Haji is keen on taking to task his officers on their performance.

“He has suggested the establishment of an Ombudsman in the office to, among others, deal with issues of arbitration and monitor operations,” said an insider.

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