President Uhuru Appoints DPP
President Uhuru Kenyatta has picked Noordin Haji to replace Keriako Tobiko as the Director of Public Prosecutions. The DPP selection panel shortlisted three applicants among them; Lucy Kambuni and Jacob Nyakundi. Noordin is the son of Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.
He has had a career spanning many years at the National Intelligence Service as its deputy director. If vetted and approved by the National Assembly, he will take charge of the office of the DPP previously held by Tobiko, who was appointed Environment CS.
Noordin will prosecute those charged by the police and other investigative agencies with criminal offences while upholding, protecting and promoting human and constitutional rights. He will also be expected to take over and continue any criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by another person or authority. The nominee will be expected to advice government ministries, departments and state corporations on criminal law.
UN Pledges Support on Raila Uhuru Surprise Deal
The United Nations has welcomed President Uhuru’s and Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s March 9 reconciliation after months of political uncertainty and bitter standoff. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated the agency’s commitment to support the bid to unite Kenyans.
“I reiterate the United Nation’s support to continue working with the Government and people of Kenya for efforts towards consolidating peace, stability and development in the country,” he said. Days before the controversial swearing-in of Raila Odinga as the People’s President, UN confirmed sending former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo to mediate in the then political stalemate in the country.
Guterres spokesman Stephane Dujarric during a press briefing in Geneva on January 19 said, “As you know, the political situation in Kenya is one we’ve been following closely, especially the ongoing preparation by the Opposition, the National Super Alliance, for the swearing-in planned for January. It’s in that context that the Secretary-General asked the former president Obasanjo who, as you know, is a member of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Mediation Panel, to visit Kenya.” Jubilee and NASA however denied that there was such a meeting.
Kalonzo, Wetangula & Mudavadi Want to Meet Uhuru for ‘Dialogue
NASA co-principals will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta when he jets back into the country from Cuba, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka has said. Kalonzo said he and the other two principals, ANC’s Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula (Ford Kenya) had planned to meet Uhuru on Thursday but unfortunately he travelled.
“We are in support of any meeting or negotiations aimed at developing the country and bringing together all tribes. This is why we maintain we must have an opportunity to meet with my brother Uhuru when he comes back,” Kalonzo said. “When we met our brother Raila Odinga on Monday and he explained to us what he discussed with the President, we think it is important we meet him (Uhuru). If he agrees we will meet him, If he doesn’t we cant force him,” Kalonzo said.
Dismissing claims that there are loopholes in the opposition coalition, Kalonzo reiterated his duty to unity. Kalonzo was flanked by Makueni woman representative Rose Museo. Wetangula, however, refused to comment on the matter when he was asked by journalists on Thursday.
“Whatever has happened should be let go. We must move forward in bringing peace and healing to our country. As a people, we should learn to forgive and forget. You cannot keep driving with your eyes fixed in the rear mirror, ” Wetangula said in his remarks.