President Uhuru Kenyatta and DPP Noordin Haji [photo: Citizen TV]
Nov, 10th 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to intensify prosecution of high profile cases. Speaking on Monday evening, the president commended the public prosecutor, for its service delivery, but noted the need for a more effective and efficient criminal justice system.
The Head of State told the DPP that Kenyans will only be confident in the criminal justice system when assured of a successful completion of cases, specifically on people in authority. Haji said the report, among many issues, saw the increase of the conviction rate of corruption cases, from 37.4 percent in 2017/2018 to 63.16 percent in the first half of 2020.
The president said, “Confidence is a fleeting thing. If people don’t see results, that confidence can also evaporate. It is therefore important that results are also shown so as to justify the investments we are putting in.“
He however commended the ODPP for its achievements over the two years and went ahead to encourage the institution to collaborate with other line agencies more in order to achieve an even greater success in the future. He added that an efficient and effective justice system does not only build confidence but also attracts investors which could lead to creation of jobs for Kenyan youths.
Uhuru said, “I want to encourage you. As much as we appreciate what you have done and what you are doing, I must emphasize the need to deliver results and the need to bring to closure to cases. That is what will build the confidence, that is what will make the Kenyan public and the international community say, yes Kenya does have a criminal justice system that delivers and produces results”
Haji said that his office has set up a prosecution training institute to help it build internal institutional capacity to prosecute all types of cases saying that the focus of the agency is to enhance service delivery through automation of processes.
The president said, “You have also been busy training young counsels, instilling in them a culture of integrity, a culture of patriotism, a culture of service and not serving yourself. This is because jobs like these are not taken because of the pay cheque. They are taken because of high commitment to serving the nation. It is not about the paycheque at the end of the day. It is about one’s commitment to serve his country and its people.“
He added that the ODPP has prioritized corruption cases adding that the involvement of the subject experts from various fields like financial analysts which has enabled the institution recover corruptly acquired public resources.