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Haji to be vetted Tuesday amid integrity queries

Haji says withdrawal of cases was lawfully done
Haji says withdrawal of cases was lawfully done

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, who is set to become the next Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) will be vetted by Parliament on Tuesday next week.

Kenyans have until Monday next week to submit their representations contesting the suitability of Haji for appointment as the NIS boss.

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The National Assembly’s departmental committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations is receiving memoranda by way of written statements on oath (affidavit) on the suitability of the nominee.

The approval hearings will be in line with Article 118(1)(b) of the Constitution which requires Parliament to facilitate public participation in the legislative and other business of Parliament and its Committees as well as Section 6(9) of the Parliamentary Appointments  (Parliamentary Approval) Act, 2011 which provides that any person may prior to the approval hearing and by written statement on oath, provide the Clerk with evidence contesting the suitability of a candidate to hold the office to which the candidate has been nominated.

“The memoranda may be forwarded to the Clerk of the National Assembly on or before Monday, 29 May, 2023 by 5.00pm” a notice by the Clerk of the National Assembly, Samuel Njoroge states.

His nomination by President William Ruto last week has been met with opposition from Civil society groups who have no faith in him.

They claim Haji who is returning to the National Intelligence Service after 6 years of serving as the DPP violated the constitution by withdrawing graft cases involving senior government officials.

The National Integrity Alliance said the decisions by the DPP who has defended his track record amount to incompetence and gross misconduct.

Haji maintains the withdrawal of cases was lawfully done.

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