The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji revealed the strategies his office had deployed to achieve a 25.76% rise in conviction rate in corruption cases.
Speaking to KTN News on Tuesday, November 10, Haji attributed the success to cooperation between the directorate and investigative authorities since he took office in 2018.
This has led to specialized units and thematic divisions which have served as the frontline in the fight against corruption.Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji addresses a press conference at his office in Upperhill, Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020.Simon KiraguFileKenyans.co.ke
He also hailed the Uadilifu Case Management System which enables the directorate to file cases electronically through the judiciary system.
"The system was developed with the aim of enhancing efficiency and streamlining the ODPP processes so as to enhance accountability, and increase the Office’s access to accurate data on crime," he stated.
He commended the Judiciary for providing the prosecutor's office with 16 Magistrates who exclusively deal with corruption cases.
He acknowledged that this enabled the office to get clear directions and dates to prosecute the cases efficiently and effectively within record time.
" We can look at a high profile case such as MP John Waluke who was facing a Ksh 297M case, we were able to finish that case within a record 1 year and 7 months. That speaks to the efficiency of the directorate, " he said.
Experts in various fields such as financial analysts have also been engaged by his office and have been instrumental in uncovering money trail stashed in secret accounts.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, on Monday November 9, challenged the investigation and prosecution offices to focus on the successful prosecution of high profile cases especially those involving misuse of public resources.
"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 said.
The President made the comments when he received the ODPP’s 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 performance reports from the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.
“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 closure to cases," he stated.File image of DPP Noordin Haji (left) shaking hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) at a past eventFile
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