President Uhuru Kenyatta has selected former National Intelligence Service (NIS) senior director Noordin Haji as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The President chose Haji from a list of three nominees that was handed to him by the selection panel last Friday.
Haji’s name has been forwarded to the National Assembly for vetting. If Members of Parliament approve his nomination, the President will, within 14 days, appoint him to replace Keriako Tobiko who was appointed Cabinet secretary for Environment.
But if the National Assembly rejects Haji, the selection panel will start the recruitment process afresh beginning from the advertisement of positions, shortlisting and interviewing of applicants.
Earlier, selection panel chair Elizabeth Muli confirmed that the names of the three nominees had been forwarded to the President from which he would select one person and forward the name to Parliament for vetting.
“We have finalised our mandate and forwarded the names of the most qualified three nominees in order of performance to the President who, upon receiving the names, is expected to select one name and forward it to the National Assembly for vetting,” she confirmed.
The DPP serves for an eight-year non-renewable term. The selection panel interviewed 10 candidates. The nominees whose names were forwarded to the President but did not make it are Deputy DPPs in charge of economic, International and Emerging Crimes Department Jacob Ondari and lawyer Lucy Kambuni.
Others who were shortlisted but did not make it to the list of nominees include former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Thomas Letangule, Deputy DPP Nicholas Mutuku and acting DPP Dorcas Oduor.