Ruto witnesses swearing-in of DPP Ingonga
Renson Mulele Ingonga was yesterday sworn-in as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The event was presided over by President William Ruto at State House, Nairobi.
Mulele takes over from Noordin Haji who left the ODPP after he was appointed as the new National Intelligence Service (NIS) Director General. The President picked Mulele from a list of 15 individuals interviewed for the position by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Ruto said Ingonga’s success depends on the working relationship with his colleagues in the justice dispensation sector. He pledged to accord ODPP necessary support in the execution of his mandate, saying Kenyans need accountability from all public offices.
“We will respect the independence of your office and provide the necessary support to deliver. You will face criticism. You will hear calls for greater transparency and accountability. I trust you will understand that in our democracy, Kenyans deserve the best,” Ruto said.
He is set to serve on an eight-year term.
Mulele’s appointment came after MPs unanimously approved his nomination to the position.
Mulele is an advocate of the High Court and has been a senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of the North Eastern region before his nomination by the President.
He holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law.
The President warned Ingonga against politicising the war on graft, claiming that the former regime used the prosecutor’s office to wage and settle political battles over issues that had nothing to do with graft.
“As a prosecutor you are aware some cases were concocted in order to settle political scores and had nothing to do with corruption,” he added. “I hope under your tenure the war on graft will not be used to settle scores or blackmail people to abandon their rights and principles.”