Nepotism: Noordin Haji sued for allegedly hiring people from his community, religion

By , K24 Digital
On Tue, 5 Apr, 2022 13:51 | 2 mins read
DPP Noordin Hajji. PHOTO/Courtesy
DPP Noordin Hajji. PHOTO/Courtesy

An activist has moved to court seeking to stop the recruitment process of over 94  applicants who were shortlisted by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for various posts on grounds of nepotism.

In the certificate of urgency filed by his lawyer Danstan Omari, Memba Charo claims the DPP only shortlisted candidates from his community and religious background which he claims is against the law.

"That the shortlisted candidates especially for the position of a principal administrative officer and senior supply chain manager come from the same ethnic and religious background as the DPP. This has raised eyebrows within the public, especially on matters of employment," the activist said in his application.

In the application filed before the Milimani Law Court, Charo wants the court to stop the interviews that are scheduled for between April 25 to 28, 2022 pending the hearing and determination of the case.

"In the interim and pending the hearing and determination of this application, this Honourable Court is hereby pleased to issue a conservatory order temporarily restraining the first respondent (ODD's office) from carrying out interviews, background and/ or reference checks, causing gazettement, offering an employment contract and eventually assigning any duties to the successfully shortlisted applicants for the following positions: Principal Administrative Officer, Senior Supply Chain Management Officer 1 and Senior Principal Finance Officer," he said in his application.

According to the State Prosecutor's office website, the 94 candidates who were shortlisted for the interview were selected from 500 people who applied for various positions in Haji's office.

The shortlisting comes after the ODPP invited qualified candidates to apply for various positions including chief internal auditors, chief accountants, senior assistant directors of records management, chief finance officers and senior assistant directors of administration. 

Others include senior assistant directors of supply chain management, senior assistant directors of public prosecution and deputy directors of public prosecution.

In the advert, Haji's office revealed that successful candidates who would fill this position would earn a monthly salary of between Ksh154,654 and Ksh205,000.