Human Rights Commission questions government’s commitment to fight corruption after latest move by DPP Haji to drop high profile cases.
The Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) has expressed concern over the recent withdrawal of several high-profile corruption cases by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution.
The Commission questioned the move by DPP Noordin Haji to drop several cases Wednesday without a meaningful explanation to Kenyans.
According to KHRC, Haji must explain to Kenyans the causes of the abrupt case withdrawals.
“Although the government has touted its commitment to tackling corruption, we are baffled by the spate of coordinated withdrawals of high-value graft cases by the ODPP. The ODPP and DPP Haji owe Kenyans an explanation over the sudden surge in withdrawal of graft cases,” KHRC said.
The statement by KHRC was in reference to the withdrawal of graft cases against Cabinet nominee Aisha Jumwa, ex-KPLC boss Ben Chumo, and 10 others and that involving the former Samburu County Governor Moses Lenolkulal.
The DPP withdrew the Sh19 million graft case against former Malindi MP and Cabinet nominee for Public Service and Gender eliciting reactions from the public.
In regards to Chumo’s case, the prosecution told trial magistrate Felix Kombo that the State does not wish to continue with the case citing a lack of evidence.
Already three witnesses had rendered their evidence with only one remaining for the prosecution to close its case.
An attempt to withdraw the graft case facing former Samburu Governor Lenolkulal was declined as the court directed the prosecution to file a formal application for withdrawal.
Lenolkulal was facing an Sh80 million graft case.