The Public Service Commission (PSC) has sworn in the panel committee set to appoint the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), as gazetted in the Kenyan Gazette.
Speaking at PSC headquarters during the swearing-in, PSC Chairperson Antony Muchiri said that the president had exercised the power conferred to him by Section 81 of the Office of the DPP Act 2013 through the Gazette Notice No. 8221 to constitute the panel.
Muchiri explained that members of the selection panel are tasked with appointing the next Director of Public Prosecution, among them Mary W. Kimonye, Shadrack J. Mose, Mary Adhiambo, Roselyn Odede, Francis Atwoli, Richard Onsongo Bush Obwocha, and Twalib Abdalla Mubarak.
“On behalf of the Public Service Commission, I congratulate each and every one of you for being identified for this most critical and noble constitutional duty. I am confident that you are all equal to the task set before you,” said Muchiri.
The Chairperson added that the DPP is an independent office that carries immense powers and responsibilities; consequently, the holder of such a position needs to be selected meticulously.
He urged the members of the selection panel to undertake their assignment with dedication, zeal, integrity, and fairness while observing all applicable legal requirements as per the laws and the constitution of Kenya.
Muchiri noted that Kenyans expect nothing short of a process that is open, transparent, accountable, lawful, and fair, which will provide a director of public prosecution who has a high degree of integrity and independence, upholds and preserves the public trust, acts fairly in discharge of his or her constitutional mandate, and deserves the confidence bestowed.
“You are all fully aware of how crucial the role of the DPP is in our justice system; there’s a need for you to be very diligent in carrying out this assignment,” said Muchiri, urging the members to carry out their duties with fidelity to the constitution, emphasizing on the values and principles prescribed in articles 10 and 232 of Chapter 6.
By Phinta Amondi and Ali Sheikh Mohammed