DPP Haji denies hiring ethnic group, publishes staff list

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DPP Haji denies hiring ethnic group, publishes staff list


Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji. PICTURES | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

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  • Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has refuted claims that his office only considered ethnic and religious backgrounds for 28 vacancies to be filled later this month.
  • The DPP’s office advertised the positions, including deputy directors of procurement, administration and human resource management, and finance officers in June last year.
  • A total of 2,031 people applied at the close of the fiscal year on June 17, 2021. The DPP’s office then shortlisted 148 people, for interviews which were to begin on April 25.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has refuted claims that his office only considered ethnic and religious backgrounds for 28 vacancies to be filled later this month.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Haji said special attention was being given to people who are currently the least represented in his office and those from marginalized communities as well as people with disabilities.

“Members took our national values ​​into consideration and shortlisted only candidates who met the requirements set out in the advertisement, Haji said.

Mr Haji released a list of all shortlisted candidates showing that 103 professed Christianity while 45 were Muslim.

“We recognize that for the ODPP to thrive and achieve its goals, we need to recruit, retain and develop diverse talent in each of Kenya’s 47 counties, including marginalized communities, with a variety of backgrounds, skills and backgrounds. abilities,” he said.

The DPP’s office advertised the positions, including deputy directors of procurement, administration and human resource management, and finance officers in June last year.

A total of 2,031 people applied at the close of the fiscal year on June 17, 2021. The DPP’s office then shortlisted 148 people, for interviews which were to begin on April 25.

An activist, Memba Ocharo, went to court this week to demand a halt to interviews, saying the shortlisted candidates, especially for three positions, portray nepotism as they are all from the same religious and ethnic background.

“That the actions of the 1st Defendant (Office of the DDP) represent a clear violation of Articles 7392) and 232 of the constitution and Sections 3 and 8 of the Leadership and Integrity Act and Section 17 of the the ethics of public officials,” Mr. Ocharo said. in a petition filed in the High Court.

Mr. Haji, however, said that the human resources advisory committee had respected the criteria set when shortlisting the candidates.

He said four positions, senior chief financial officer, senior administrative officer, senior accountant and senior supply chain management officer, attracted the highest number of applicants, who met the minimum requirements.

The DPP also released a list of its office’s 1,095 employees in December last year.

The list shows that the Kikuyu community, Luhya and Kalenjin comprise the largest number of employees with 21.6%, 13.5% and 12.9% respectively.

The Shirazi and Nubians have the fewest employees with one each, followed by the Bajun, Samburu, Basuba and Kenyan Arabs.

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