By Mourice Seretta
The Eastleigh Business District Association EBDA has come out to support the nomination of the Director of Public Prosecutions Nordin Haji for the position of National Intelligence Service NIS.
Speaking early today morning the business lobby group reiterated that they wholely endorse the nomination of Nordin Haji by President William Ruto saying that his considerable experience in law enforcement and the justice system complimented by his steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of las render him an exceptionally qualified candidate for the crucial role.
Mr Nordin Haji term at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions is set to lapse in 2024 having been appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 28th September 2018.
The association through its chairman Mzee Ahmed Yare, said Haji’s considerable experience in law enforcement and the justice system complemented by his steadfast commitment to upholding the rule of law, renders him an exceptionally qualified candidate for the crucial role.
“In his career, Haji has made remarkable contributions including his exemplary work at the Attorney General’s Office and his previous position as the Deputy Director of the Counter Organised Crime Unit at the NIS, ” Yare said.
He said Haji’s progressive review of policies and guidelines in the prosecution sector has disrupted the outdated and corrupt system of the past.
“Even earning him adversaries amongst those who benefited from it,” Yare said.
Mr Haji has previously served as Deputy Director of the Counter Organized Crime Unit at the National Intelligence Service. If cleared by Parliament Mr Nordin Haji will Philip Kameru who has been at the helm of NIS since September 2014.
Meanwhile, The National Integrity Alliance has called for the removal of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.
In a petition to the Public Service Commission, they termed Haji’s tenure as one beset with incompetence, gross misconduct and lacking in leadership and integrity.
“On incompetence, we have highlighted several instances where the DPP has made various applications to withdraw from prosecution several active cases in court, including graft-related cases on grounds of insufficient evidence to sustain a prosecution,” the petition read.
The petitioner further said some cases were graft-related and were dropped on grounds of insufficient evidence to sustain prosecution.
The alliance wondered how Haji could institute prosecutions that were bound to fail, despite the law requiring his office not to, unless those prosecutions present reasonable prospects of conviction.
It also claimed Haji failed to follow set out guidelines on decisions to charge cases, acting against the interests of justice, and in the process failing to promote public trust and confidence in his capacity as DPP.
In Nakuru, an activist moved to court to seek to block Noordin Haji from taking over as the next Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
In an application filed at Nakuru court, Khatherine Cherotich wants the court to block Haji’s appointment saying his nomination does not meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution.
The activist argues that the DPP has withdrawn a number of high-profile cases recently and claims that he is a man who can be coerced or intimidated to violate the Constitution.