President William Ruto has formally appointed Renson Mulele Ingonga as the new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The Head of State, through a gazette notice, appointed Ingonga to the position following the approval of his nomination by Parliament.
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Ingonga now replaces former DPP Noordin Haji who was in June this year appointed the director of the National Intelligence Service by Ruto.
The new DPP, according to the gazette notice, will serve for a period of about eight years.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by Article 157 (2) of the Constitution and in accordance with the procedure set out under section 8 (8) of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Act, 2013, I, William Samoei Ruto, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, appoint Renson Mulele Ingonga as the Director of Public Prosecutions,” read the gazette notice.
Ingonga’s appointment comes weeks after the MPs gave a nod to his appointment in the wake of growing concerns and criticism over the recent withdrawal of high-profile cases by the office of the DPP.
MPs had in their vetting report, recommended Ingonga’s appointment based on his general knowledge of public litigations as well as his background knowledge of the operations of the Office of the DPP where he worked there for several years.
Some lawmakers in the House described the new DPP as an officer whose integrity is beyond reproach and who is fit to hold the tough office.
He was challenged to ensure the independence of the office and avoid acting on the whims of the political class.
Prior to his nomination, Ingonga was serving as the Assistant DPP. He was among 15 applicants shortlisted for the job by a seven-member selection panel chaired by Solicitor General Shadrack Mose.
Others who were shortlisted included former electoral commissioner Thomas Letangule, lawyers Taib Ali Taib and Danstan Omari, Tabitha Ouya, Victor Mule, Jacinta Nyamosi, David Ruto, Francis Andayi, Winston Ngaira, James Ndegwa, Peter Mailanyi, Lilian Okumu, Jacob Ondari, James Ndegwa, David Okachi and Renson Ingonga.