Noordin Haji: Transparency International Revokes Integrity Award Given to DPP over Withdrawal of Graft Cases

Nairobi – Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has lost a prestigious award bestowed upon in 2019 by the Transparency International Kenya.

Haji was awarded the Leadership Integrity Award in recognition of his role in the criminal justice process, particularly in ensuring the prosecution of serious corruption cases and providing strategic direction to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

Through Executive Director, Sheila Masinde, Transparency International said recent move by Haji to withdraw high profile corruption cases failed to inspire public confidence in his office.

“Regrettably, we have received public petitions and conducted an assessment based on concerns raised by the public and our partners championing integrity in Kenya. These petitions have raised serious allegations regarding the withdrawal of high profile corruption cases, including those for which you were previously recognised, resulting in the loss of public funds,” Masinde said in a letter to Haji.

According to the Transparency International, the move to withdraw cases means Haji’s decisions to charge/withdraw some high-profile cases were not based on objective and professional analysis of evidence available to him.

Haji, who was recently nominated as the next Director General of National Intelligence Service (NIS) is now required to return the certificate and plaque issued to him.

“Transparency International Kenya has made the decision to withdraw the Leadership Integrity Award (State/Public Officer) conferred upon you in 2019, based on our firm belief that maintaining the highest standards of integrity is crucial for all recipients of our awards. We thus require you to give back the certificate and plaque issued to you for the award,”

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