Government starts hunt for a new DPP

By David Karani

The process of replace Keriako Tobiko as the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has kicked off, the government has announced.

The selection panel’s chairperson MsElizabeth Muli, has asked qualified persons interested in the work to apply through a gazette notice dated February 16.

She also said the applicants must be holders of a law degree, be advocates of the High Court of Kenya or possess equivalent qualifications from a common-law jurisdiction.

The announcement indicated that the applicants must be of high moral character, integrity and impartiality.

“Have at least 10 years’ experience as a Superior Court Judge or professionally qualified Magistrate. Or have at least ten years’ experience as a distinguished academic or legal practitioner or such experience in other relevant legal field,” the notice said.

The chairperson also insisted that the candidates must meet the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution and demonstrate a high degree of professional competence as well as communication skills, fairness and good temperament.

The intended DPP should demonstrate good judgment in both legal and life experiences and commitment to public and community service.

She encouraged Women, minorities, marginalized and persons living with disability to apply, saying the applications should reach the public service commission by February 27, this year.

The six-member selection panel, whose members include Kennedy Kihara, Halakhe Waqo, Elizabeth Muli, Kagwiria Mbogori, Maryann Njau, and Francis Atwoli was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta through a gazette notice dated February 2, 2018.

The position fell vacant following the appointment of Tobiko as a Cabinet Secretary.

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