DPP Haji Tells Off Critics After Calls to Quit

  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji addresses a press conference at his office in Upperhill, Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
    Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji addresses a press conference at his office in Upperhill, Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
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  • The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, has finally responded to petitions calling for his removal from office.

    In the recent past, parties in various cases have accused DPP Haji of interfering with cases to deny some of them justice.

    Speaking during the launch of the second strategic plan (2021-2026) for the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), the embattled DPP said that he will not quit and his main focus was on helping Kenyans get justice in accordance with the constitution.

    DPP Noordin Haji (right) presents the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Performance Report to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Monday, November 9, 2020.
    DPP Noordin Haji (right) presents the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Performance Report to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Monday, November 9, 2020.
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    He accused his critics of painting him in a bad light, saying that he would not compromise constitutional provisions to grant them their wishes.

    “The pen has written, the ink has dried. We will not allow any throwbacks to this constitution,” stated Haji.

    “I may fall but I assure you that the next DPP, if I do fall, at all, will come with more gusto to pick from where I left,” he added.

    The DPP insisted on the need for dialogue whenever one was not satisfied with his actions, rather than rushing to address baseless issues in the public.

    “Even when we are exposed to differences of opinion amongst ourselves, we must encourage dialogue, respect collegiality and the enhancement of goodwill amongst ourselves,” remarked Haji.

    Haji further reiterated that he remains patriotic to the country, which he has served with the utmost diligence, and he would not be swayed by petty detractors.

    “I have served in Somalia fighting Al-shabaab and nothing will cower me,” said the incensed longstanding legal practitioner.

    One of the accusers of Haji is late Tob Cohen’s sister Gabriel Hannan Van Straten, who has accused the DPP of shielding judge Sankale Ole Kantai, from facing charges.

    City businessman Francis Njeru recently presented a petition to the public service commission seeking the removal of Haji on the ground of favouritism. Njeru has accused Haji of siding with one of the parties in a land dispute between him (Njeru), China Road Bridge Corporation, and ARJ Capital.

    Tob Cohen's brother in-law Roy and sister Gabrielle Van Straten on September 13 when police retrieved his body in an underground tank.
    Tob Cohen's brother in-law Roy and sister Gabrielle Van Straten on September 13 when police retrieved his body in an underground tank.
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