In an unexpected twist, Noordin Haji, the current Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) of Kenya, has been nominated by President William Ruto to assume the role of Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
The appointment, announced on May 16, 2023, marks a significant transition for Haji, who has gained prominence for his relentless pursuit of corruption and his reformative efforts within the prosecution service.
Haji’s impressive career spans over two decades, during which he served as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
His reputation as a tenacious prosecutor has been bolstered by his unwavering dedication to combating corruption and his pursuit of justice.
Since his appointment as the DPP in 2018, Haji has been at the forefront of several high-profile corruption cases involving public officials and institutions.
Among his notable achievements, Haji successfully charged Finance Minister Henry Rotich, Migori Governor Okoth Obado, directors of the National Youth Service, Kenya Power, and Kenya Pipeline employees, among others, with corruption-related offences.
Simultaneously, he has demonstrated fairness by clearing prominent figures, such as businessman and politician Jimi Wanjigi, of charges and utilizing their testimony as state witnesses.
Haji’s impact extends beyond individual cases. He has secured landmark rulings that have reverberated throughout the fight against corruption in Kenya. Notably, he obtained a ruling stipulating that governors facing graft charges must step aside from their positions and duties.
Additionally, in a case involving Sirisia MP John Waluke, Haji ensured a significant fine of Ksh. 727 million or a potential 67-year jail term for embezzling public funds.
Having been nominated to the position of Director General of the NIS, Haji will succeed Major-General (Rtd) Philip Wachira Kameru, who is set to retire.
This appointment marks Haji’s return to the intelligence unit after previously serving as the Deputy Director of the Counter Organised Crime Unit within the NIS.
Haji’s deep understanding of intelligence operations, combined with his prosecutorial experience, positions him to effectively lead the agency and tackle emerging security challenges.
Haji’s contributions to Kenya’s justice system have earned him national recognition. He was awarded two prestigious honours: the Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) in 2012 and the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) in 2018.
These accolades reflect the nation’s appreciation for his relentless pursuit of justice and his unwavering commitment to eradicating corruption.
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