|Three nominees for DPP position named|
Monday, 23 May 2011 05:28
Three candidates were on Saturday short-listed for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Mr Keriako Tobiko, Ms Dorcas Oduor and Mr Patrick Kiage were picked in order of merit and based on the marks each scored.
The names were forwarded to the President on Saturday at Harambee House following the conclusion of the interviews that have been going on since Thursday.
The interviews were conducted by a panel of seven members chaired by Central Organisation of Trade Unions Secretary General Francis Atwoli.
The naming of the three comes a day after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) nominated Dr Willy Mutunga and Nancy Baraza for the posts of Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice respectively.
The three were among several others who had applied for the job.
The powerful position was advertised following a disagreement between the President and Prime Minister on previous appointments.
A row had pitted the President against the Prime Minister after the former nominated lawyer Kioko Kilukumi to the post of DPP without consulting the Prime Minister.
Other nominees that President had to withdraw were Mr Justice Alnashir Visram as Chief Justice, Prof Githu Muigai as AG and Mr William Kirwa as Controller of Budget.
The two Principals had then agreed that the CJ would be recruited by the Judicial Service Commission, while the DPP and the Controller of Budget would be recruited by the PSC. The President and the PM would then nominate the next AG.
Under new laws
The DPP position, under the new Constitution, enjoys independence and power the office has never had since independence. The DPP shall not require the consent of any person or authority, including the President and the Attorney General, for the commencement of criminal proceeding.
He or she shall also not be under the direction or control of any person or authority in the exercise of his or her powers or functions.
Tobiko, Ms Oduor and Mr Kiage beat 13 others who were short-listed and interviewed from May 12 to 14.
"Most important was experience and knowledge. We want people who can steer and create the change that Kenyans want," Mr Atwoli said after making the announcement.
He said they were also looking for integrity and professionalism.
"As at the deadline for submissions of applications, on March 31, 2011, the interview panel had received 30 applications. Two applications did not satisfy the minimum Constitutional requirements for the position of Director of Public Prosecutions," Mr Atwoli said.
The candidates had to meet high qualifications including having at least ten years