– The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has cut ties with 334 public prosecutors
– DPP Haji explained the officers lacked proper legal training and showed inability to handle cases
– The chief prosecutor was in 2018 forced to seek services of UK’s lawyer in Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu’s case
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Noordin Haji has been relying on services of incompetent 334 prosecutors with no proper legal training, it has emerged.
In a gazzette noticed on December 27, Haji revoked appointment of the affected half-baked prosecutors drawn from various State agencies and departments.
The DPP cited lack of proper legal training, sheer incompetence and inability to handle criminal and appeal cases among key reasons for the revocation.
Unlike in the past when police officers were allowed to prosecute cases on behalf of the State, Haji observed prosecutors must be advocates of the High Court.
“Most of them were not lawyers and could not keep up with the developments in law, the prosecution policies and guidelines,” he said.
As a result, Haji sacked 90 prosecutors acting under Labour Institutions Act, 38 who were employed under the Environment Management Act as well as 38 serving under Citizenship Act.
Also affected by the gazette were 35 and 23 officers who had been prosecuting cases under NSSF and NHIF Acts respectively.
Others who have been sacked as per acts informing the earlier appointments are:
1. Standards Act – 20
2. Sexual Offences Act – 18
3. Public Health Act – 16
4. HELB Act – 13
5. Tourism Act – 16
Though seen as an attempt to put his house in order, this is the second time in one year Haji is cutting links with his staff.
In December 2018, the chief prosecutor sacked 45 public prosecutors and immediately gazetted new ones as he rushed against time ahead of major corruption battles.
He has often come under attack from the public for failing to nail one corruption suspect despite several dramatic and hyped public arrests of the big fish.
Hoping to make a water tight case, Haji appointed a private prosecutor Khawar Qureshi to lead graft cases against the troubled Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu.
He explained he settled on the Queen’s Counsel after failing to find a suitable candidate through advertisement.
Soon he suffered a major setback despite flying in Khawar from the UK after a five-judge bench further disagreed with private prosecutor.
During the submissions, Khawar requested to have the charge sheet amended afresh, but, that only made things worse for the DPP whom the justices accused of misinterpreting a court order.
The judges also noted the prosecuting team illegally obtained Mwilu’s bank statements without her prior knowledge.
Haji lost the particular case on technicality and since then, pressure has been mounting on him to show his claws.
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