Haji and Kinoti: There is no rift between us

By , K24 Digital
On Thu, 5 Mar, 2020 13:13 | 2 mins read
DPP Noordin Haji at a press briefing in Nairobi on Thursday, March 5, 2020. PHOTO | SCREENGRAB

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji and the head of Directorate of Criminal Investigations, George Kinoti, on Thursday dismissed reports that they have fallen out.

“We have not fallen out and there is no fighting amongst the DPP, DCI and EACC [Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission],” said Haji during the press briefing the deal with banks over the National Youth Service scandal.

DCI boss Kinoti said only officers in the two departments may have differed on minor matters, a stance DPP Haji agreed with.

Sisi as principals hatuna shida. Hio ni mambo ya officers, sio sisi. [There is no wrangle between us as leaders. Those are junior officers’ issues],” said Kinoti at the press conference in which they said banks had agreed on fine over mistakes in handling cash looted from NYS.

The banks admitted that they failed to report on suspicious financial transactions even though they did not engage in any criminal activity.

“Sh385 million ha have so far been realized and will now be restituted to affected institutions.

You will see more of this. Prosecution isn’t the only way of dealing with such cases.

The clash between the two criminal justice departments reared this week when Kenya Ports Authority boss Daniel Manduku walked free from court without any charges preferred against him.

In the courtroom, a DCI officer and a DPP staff bickered over the charge sheet as Haji’s office said it had not received the file for approval.

“We wonder why the duo are in court since we have not received the police file or instructions from the DPP that the two are being charged,” said the prosecutor.

Manduku had been presented in court alongside the Kenya Revenue Authority’s Commissioner for Customs and Border Control Kevin Safari.

One of the cases at the heard of the alleged strained relations between Haji and Kinoti is the files on the Mombasa County which were submitted over two years ago.

Another file that is said to be stuck at the DPP’s office is that of the Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa in which she is accused of receiving Sh100m irregularly from the National Government-Constituency Development Fund.