– DPP Haji led a delegation to America to seek support in the ongoing anti-corruption purge
– The Kenyan delegation visited FBI headquarters where they met FBI deputy director David Bowdich
– They also met US deputy attorney general Bruce Swartz who indicated United States Justice Department will attach to Kenya a senior US prosecutor
– The new development comes in the wake of mega graft probes involving senior state officers and those in the position of power
The United States of America (USA) has agreed to send to Kenya one of its top prosecutors to support the East African country in the ongoing war against corruption.
This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti held talks with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) deputy director David Bowdich and US Deputy Attorney General Bruce Swartz during a three-day visit.
The Haji-led delegation visited the FBI headquartered on Tuesday, June 11, and met Bowdich who commended the Kenyan government for the efforts it was making in fighting graft and indicated Worthington will not hesitate to give full support when needed.
Swartz confirmed America was ready to work with Kenya in fighting the corruption scourge.
“United States Justice Department is set to attach a senior US prosecutor to strengthen the ongoing anti-corruption efforts.
This was revealed by the US deputy attorney general Bruce Swartz during meeting with Kenyan delegation,” the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) confirmed on Wednesday evening.
The US support, Swartz indicated, will not just be on fighting graft, but also in other areas such as counter-terrorism, organised crime, drug trafficking and human trafficking.
The new development comes against the backdrop of high-profile cases implicating senior state officers and county bosses, some of who are under investigation for various corruption-related allegations.
Haji had in May 2019 admitted the investigative agencies were facing challenges in probing and prosecuting some of the big cases even as he warned no one would be spared in the fight.
Among the high-voltage graft probes that are ongoing are the multi-billion Arror and Kimwarer dams scandal in which a number of powerful cabinet secretaries were mentioned, and most recently the fake gold scam in which a sitting senator was mentioned together with other big names.
The DPP has also not given up the fight in Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s graft case despite suffering a major blow after a five-judge bench on May 31, 2019, threw out the case on grounds that evidence were obtained illegally.
In the the Mwilu case, Haji went as far as appointing the Queen’s Counsel Khawar Qureshi to lead the prosecution team.
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