President William Ruto on Thursday officially appointed Renson Mulele Ingonga as the country's next Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) after Parliament approved his nomination.
According to a gazette notice, the new appointee will serve for a period of 8 years, meaning that his term will lapse in September 2031.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 157 (2) of the Constitution and in accordance with the procedure set out under section 8 (8) of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, I, William Samoei Ruto, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, appoint Renson Mulele Ingonga as the Director of Public Prosecutions” read the gazette notice.
Mulele's appointment comes after the National Assembly adopted a report authored the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) which recommended his appointment.
He is now set to replace Noordin Haji who was appointed as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Before being elevated to his new role, Ingonga was the Assistant Director at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mulele was also the head of the North Eastern Region's office.
Ingonga is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and holds a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Nairobi, he also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law (KSL).
In his new role, Mulele will be tasked with instituting and undertaking the prosecution of cases handled by his predecessor.
The new DPP fended off stiff competition to land the new role.
Among the big names he floored include; former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Thomas Letangule, lawyer Danstan Omari and advocate Taib Ali Taib.
Others were Jacinta Nyamosi, Victor Mule, Tabitha Ouya, David Ruto, Andayi Francis, Winston Ngaira, Peter Mailayi, Lilian Okumu-Obuo,Jacob Ondari, James Ndegwa, and David Okachi