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DPP in fresh bid for special prosecutors after only three qualify

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By SAM KIPLAGAT
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Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji will advertise afresh for special prosecutors to assist his office in the fight against corruption.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Mr Haji noted that only three candidates qualified.

Fifteen people applied for the positions but the “responses were not as expected”, the statement stated.

They included Mr Pravin Bowry, Senior Counsel George Oraro, Mr Fred Ngatia, Mr Fredrick Thuita, Ms Doris Kimitei, Mr Madzayo Murima, Mr Musa Juma and Mr Wilfred Nderitu, a former chairperson of the Kenya section of the International Commission of Jurists.

The three who qualified are former DPP Philip Murgor, former Mombasa mayor Taib Ali Taib and lawyer James Muruthi Kihara.

Mr Haji said he intends to build a strong portfolio of special prosecutors to assist him.

More than 100 persons, including former senior government officials and governors, are facing charges in court.

High profile cases concern the murder charge against Migori Governor Okoth Obado and graft charges against his Busia counterpart Sospeter Ojaamong.

Others facing various charges are former Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, National Land Commission chairman Muhammad Swazuri and former Youth and Gender Principal Secretary Lilian Omollo.

The tender documents state that successful bidders will institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any individual except a court martial.

They will also direct probes, supervise the conduct of criminal investigations and provide legal advice to the DPP’s office and various state bodies.

The successful candidates will also handle matters on mutual legal assistance with other countries, for extradition of wanted persons and recovery of assets hidden outside Kenya.

Section 2.8 of the tender application required bidders to disclose if they have acted against the DPP in any lawsuit whether in the past or present, an indication that candidates representing clients being prosecuted by the State may have a slight disadvantage.

Mr Murgor served as DPP between 2003 and 2004 after leaving following the drama surrounding a 1.2 tonne consignment of cocaine believed to have been worth Sh6.4 billion.

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