Haji sworn in as National Intelligence Service boss

Haji [Photo: The Star]

Nooordin Haji has been sworn in as the country’s new Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) during a ceremony presided over by President William Ruto at State House Nairobi.

This follows the approval of the former Director of public prosecution, by the National assembly.

During the event, the Head of State Ruto expressed confidence in Haji, saying he will deliver his mandate.

“Mr Haji congratulations on this very well-merited appointment into the Office of the Director General of a very important organ of the security agencies of the Republic of Kenya,” he said.

“I am confident that you have assembled the requisite knowledge, understanding experience to be able to discharge your responsibility at a time when the world is experiencing a multiplicity of challenges,” Ruto added.

The event was attended by Cabinet Secretaries and the Attorney General Justin Muturi among other top officials.

Before being the DPP, Haji served as the Deputy Director of the Counter Organised Crime Unit within the National Intelligence Service.

He was nominated to the position by President Ruto, following the retirement of Major-General Philip Wachira Kameru, who served in the position since 2014.

Kameru was appointed in September 2014, after an illustrious military career, having risen through the ranks to the position of Director of Military Intelligence in the Kenya Defence Forces.

Haji takes over the position amidst opposition from some civil organizations under the banner National Integrity Alliance, who argue that he is not fit to hold the office on integrity matters.

The organizations say he failed to fulfil his constitutional obligations while serving as the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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