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Ruto appoints Atwoli to a selection panel for DPP recruitment

Willaim Ruto appoints Atwoli to a seven-member selection panel tasked with the selection of the new DPP.

President William Ruto, on Wednesday, June 21, appointed Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli in a team of seven tasked with picking the next Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Also appointed to the selection panel was Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) boss Twalib Abdallah Mbarak.

Others were Shadrack Mose, Mary Adhiambo Maungu, Roseline Odede, Richard Onsongo Bush Obwo, and Mary Kimonye. 

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 8 (1) of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, L, William Samoei Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Forces, appoint the seven to be members of the Selection Panel for the Selection of Nominees for appointment as the Director of Public Prosecutions,” read the statement in part.

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The appointment comes a few days after former DPP Noordin Haji took over as the new National Intelligence Service director general.

Haji took oath of office on June 14, after his successful vetting and approval by the National Assembly (NA).

Atwoli and the six-panel members are expected to interview applicants and submit the names of suitable candidates to Ruto.

Thereafter, President Ruto will nominate one individual, and the name submitted to the NA for vetting and approval.

The Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), in which the DPP is in charge, is mandated with undertaking the prosecution of criminal matters and all other related aspects according to Article 157 of the Constitution.

The DPP also makes the decision to charge and determines what charges should be preferred in a criminal case, among other duties. 

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