Ruto appoints Atwoli in team tasked with selecting new DPP

Wednesday, June 21st, 2023 10:04 | By
President William Ruto shares a light moment with COTU boss Francis Atwoli at State House.
President William Ruto shares a light moment with COTU boss Francis Atwoli at State House. PHOTO/William Ruto/Twitter

President William Ruto has appointed a selection panel that will be tasked with nominating viable candidates for the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Among the members include the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli, who was one of Ruto's biggest critics towards the 2022 General Elections.

Other members include Public Service PS Mary Kimonye, Solicitor General Shadrack Mose, Mary Adhiambo Maungu, Roseline Odede, Richard Onsongo Bush Obwocha and Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) CEO Twalib Mbarak.

The announcement was made through Gazette Notice number 8221 dated Wednesday, June 21, 2023.

"In exercise of the powers conferred by section 8 (1) of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, I William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint (the following) to be members of the Selection Panel for the Selection of Nominees for appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions," the notice read in part.

The recruitment process follows the exit of former DPP Noordin Haji, who left the position to become the new director general of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), in which the DPP is in charge, is mandated with undertaking the prosecution of criminal matters and all other related aspects according to Article 157 of the Constitution.

The DPP also makes the decision to charge and determines what charges should be preferred in a criminal case, among other duties. 

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