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Grassroot Civil Organizations support new NIS boss Noordin Haji’s appointment

The Consortium of Grassroot Civil Society Organisations, a community-based organisation, has supported the appointment of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji as the next Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

The group has referred to the act of the National Integrity Alliance, a citizen-centred integrity and anti-corruption coalition to oppose the appointment of Haji as hot air.

The organisations which work closely with local administrative officials and area leaders said that the National Integrity Alliance allegations are just hot air and demeaning for the mainstream civil society organizations to go on a sustained character assassination of an honest and hardworking civil servant.

“From the foregoing, it is our conclusion that the petition submitted by the integrity Alliance lacks substance and it is driven by malice and witch hunt. Those who are pushing to see him removed are not doing it for national interests but are serving vested interests and have all along not been happy with his reformist agenda in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution which has enhanced justice for all Kenyans especially the common mwananchi,” the group said in a statement seen by Nairobi News.

The National Integrity Alliance argued that Haji’s nomination has contravened chapter 6 of the constitution which provides guidelines on leadership and integrity.

The alliance argues that Haji is unfit to hold the office since his conduct at the helm of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has been questionable, particularly after dismissing eight graft-related cases that were linked to top individuals some of whom have been appointed into government offices.

“About 8 graft cases have so far been withdrawn by the ODPP under Mr. Haji’s watch, a clear indication that he fails to exercise authority in a manner that promotes public confidence in the integrity of his office,” she said addressing the press on Sunday.

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