Nairobi, 18 December, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Religious leaders in Kenya are questioning the independence of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and its capability to pursue cases of corruption in the East African nation.
In a Thursday, December 15 statement that was read out to journalists, the religious leaders under the auspices of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG) say the DPP ought to assure Kenyans of the independence of his office and its ability to prosecute graft cases.
“We are concerned that the country has not exhibited firm commitment to deal with corruption, and are shocked by the manner in which the Director of Public Prosecutions is dropping cases touching on high level crimes,” DRG members say in the statement issued after a three-day conference on national dialogue on the state of the nation.
The religious leaders who include representatives of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) add that DPP Noordin Haji’s “public confession … that he was influenced by the previous regime to frame people through court cases means the office has lost independence, and can no longer be trusted.”
In October, DPP Haji said former Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), George Kinoti, put pressure on him to charge Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.