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DPP Haji calls for additional staff to handle increasing workload

By Vincent Kejitan | November 10th 2020
DPP Noordin Haji on Monday presented the Consolidated Report of the ODPP to President Uhuru Kenyatta [PSCU]

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji on Monday presented the Consolidated Report of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) for the Financial Years 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Parliament.

The report highlights the performance, achievements, challenges, current status, and forecast for the future as well as giving an overview of the Office’s efforts in fighting corruption.

One of the challenges listed by the DPP is a lean workforce that to some extent delays effective delivery of justice. According to DPP Haji, the office currently has 996 employees which is way short of the recommended 2,156.

“The Office has 996 employees spread across the country which is way below the required optimum number of 2,156 staff. High staff turnover within the Office continues to be a challenge primarily due to the unattractive terms and conditions of service.

“This has forced the Office to carry out frequent recruitment which is not only costly but also time-consuming and ultimately detracting from other strategic activities,” read the report in part.

The DPP suggested revision, adoption, and implementation of a competitive retention policy coupled with the negotiation of favourable terms and conditions of service in consultation with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to curb the problem.

Haji also recommended the recruitment of additional staff to increase the capacity of the office to ensure smooth service delivery.

Other challenges highlighted included inadequate infrastructural and operational capacity, negative public perception, limited research capacity, and shortage of prosecutors with specialised skills to handle the increasing number of complex cases.

According to the report, the fight against corruption continued to be a key focus area from January 2018 to June 2020. During this period a total of 220 cases were registered in court and prosecution ensued.

A total of 26 cases were registered as of June 30, 2020, 78 cases in 2019 and 116 cases in 2018. A total of 238 cases were concluded, 20 as of June 30, 2020, 103 in 2019, and 115 in 2018.

During the half-year period up to June 2020, 26 cases were registered in court with 20 cases concluded.

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