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Ruto asks DPP Renson Ingonga to ‘defend justice and guard the vulnerable’

By Mercy Simiyu September 25th, 2023 2 min read

President William Ruto has stressed to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Renson Mulele Ingonga the significance of prioritizing fairness and the preservation of justice while serving the public.

Ingonga was sworn in on September 25, 2023, at State House, Nairobi.

Among senior government officials present were National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula, Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Chief Justice Martha Koome, and Attorney General Justin Muturi.

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“The oath you have taken here before God and man places an extra burden of responsibility on your shoulders. It is a solemn commitment to serve with unwavering fidelity, to relentlessly pursue justice without bias, and to uphold the rule of law in every decision you make, “said President Ruto.

The Head of State emphasized that the role of the DPP extends beyond being a mere prosecutor, noting, “DPP, you are not just a persecutor; you are a defender of justice, a resounding voice for those too often silenced, and a guardian of the vulnerable.”

The new DPP is expected to serve for a single eight-year term.

This appointment follows the 50-year-old’s unanimous approval by Members of Parliament a week earlier, where the DPP was lauded for his impeccable integrity and suitability for the demanding role.

Prior to assuming office as the DPP,  Ingonga held the position of senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, overseeing the North Eastern region, prior to his new appointment.

He holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Postgraduate Diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He earned his Law degree from Moi University.

Ingonga takes the reins from Noordin Haji, who now serves as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

The selection process involved a shortlisting of 15 applicants by a seven-member panel chaired by Solicitor General Shadrack Mose.