- Haji said the proposed amendment will bring confusion in the criminal justice system
- He requested Justin Muturi to give him audience to explain why he is objecting the bill
- The bill by Ndindi Nyoro seeks to clip DPP and DCI powers by amending the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, has reacted angrily to a proposal by a Jubilee party MP who wants the powers of the DPP and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) reduced.
The DPP penned a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, challenging the proposed bill by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro who is seeking for amendment of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has penned a protest letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly objecting bill seeking to trim his powers. Photo: Pulselive.Source: UGC
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In his protest letter, Haji argued the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) was never consulted on the proposed amendment despite his office being the supervisor of all public prosecutions.
According to the DPP, the amendment will only create room for conflicts, interfere with the inter-agency collaboration and co-operation and bring confusion in the country's criminal justice system.
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Haji defended his position arguing the ODPP's power to prosecute and commence or halt criminal proceedings against suspects is captured in Article 157 of the Constitution.
He requested Muturi to give him an audience so that he can express his reservations regarding the proposed bill and explain in details why he is strongly objecting it.
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Besides taking away the ODPP's powers to prosecute graft cases, Nyoro's bill will also prevent Haji from entering plea bargaining deals with corruption suspects.
The now controversial bill could also see the DCI blocked from probing graft-related cases.
The powers to investigate and prosecute graft suspects will be handed over to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
The proposed amendment has so far been met with mixed reactions from politicians with the ODM party leader vowing to shoot it down in Parliament.
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