The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has questioned the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) decision to withdraw cases involving prominent Kenyans.
LSK President Erick Theuri said DPP Noordin Hajji’s move is suspicious and demanded an explanation for why the cases were dropped.
According to Theuri, Kenyans need to know what is going on because it sets a bad precedent and undermines the fight against corruption and crime.
“We have in the recent past witnessed events that pose great danger to administration of justice. The DPP must have the interest of the people and avoid interference,” Theuri said.
He went on to say that the DPP’s move is a serious threat to the rule of law and is intended to foster impunity.
Theuri also stated that LSK is aware of the impasse between the DPP and former DCI boss George Kinoti, but that the DPP should inform Kenyans of what is going on.
“DPP must come out and give an explanation, failure to which we will review evidences in the cases and proceed with private prosecution. The DPP ought to resubmit the investigating files and seal the gaps but not withdraw the cases,” he added.
Theuri went on to say that if the DPP and police continue to charge people without a proper basis, Kenyans will lose trust in them. He said ‘it seems that the cases withdrawal are meant for public service appointment’.
This comes after nominees to President William Ruto’s cabinet were acquitted and their cases dropped by Hajji.
They include Aisha Jumwa and Mithika Linturi, who were nominated as CSs for Gender and Agriculture, respectively.