Civil Society Group Objects DPP Haji’s Appointment, Raises Integrity Concerns
The National Integrity Alliance has opposed DPP Haji’s appointment as the next Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Led by Sheila Masinde, the executive director of Transparency International, the alliance argues that Haji’s nomination violates chapter 6 of the constitution, which outlines guidelines on leadership and integrity.
The alliance contends that Haji is unsuitable for the position due to concerns about his conduct during his tenure at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
They specifically pointed out his dismissal of eight corruption cases involving high-ranking individuals, some of whom have been appointed to government positions.
“About 8 graft cases have so far been withdrawn by the ODPP under Haji’s watch, a clear indication that he fails to exercise authority in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of his office,” she said at a press conference on Sunday.
“Regrettably Haji’s past actions while serving as the DPP have demonstrated a clear disregard for these fundamental principles. In the past 8 months, Kenyans have been astonished by a pattern of the withdrawal of corruption cases involving certain politically connected individuals which raises doubt to the DPP’s impartiality and commitment to fight corruption.”
According to Ms. Masinde, if the withdrawn cases had been handled ethically and individuals held accountable, a sum of Ksh. 11.3 billion could have been recovered to benefit Kenyans during the economic crisis.
“If these 8 cases had been successfully adjudicated Kenyans would have recovered about Ksh. 11.3 billion let alone the time and human resources that have been spent in the investigation, prosecution and adjudication process which could aid in dispensing other cases,” she stated.
The alliance additionally argues that Haji has violated both the ODPP Act and the NIS Act, making him unfit for any leadership role.
They have announced their intention to file a petition with the Public Service Commission (PSC) on Monday, seeking Haji’s removal from his current position as DPP due to gross misconduct, incompetence, and non-compliance with Chapter 6 of the constitution.
Furthermore, they plan to submit a memorandum to the vetting committee in the National Assembly, highlighting their concerns. They assert that if Haji is cleared for the NIS appointment, they will take the matter to court.
“In case Mr. Haji sails through the sieving process we are prepared to challenge the appointment in the court of law.”
The group has appealed to President William Ruto to reconsider other candidates with a commendable track record, emphasizing that Kenya deserves a spy chief who can inspire trust and effectively tackle the nation’s security challenges.
President Ruto nominated DPP Haji for the position prior to the retirement of Major-General (Rtd) Philip Wachira Kameru, the current Director-General of NIS.
The vetting process by Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee is anticipated, following which the President will officially appoint the chosen candidate to the position.