Search for next DPP begins as Danstan Omari, Taib Ali Taib face interview panel
The search for the next Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) gained momentum after seven shortlisted candidates were interviewed
by a Public Service Commission (PSC) Selection Panel on Tuesday.
Criminal lawyer Danstan Omari led the six
other candidates in the battle to replace Noordin Haji as the third DPP under
the 2010 Constitution.
The former teacher-turned-lawyer appeared
before the Shadrack Mose-led PSC panel to present himself as the best suited to
lead the office of the DPP.
“I intend to use my legal expertise to
transform the ODPP if considered. I am an outsider and an experienced lawyer,”
However, Omari faces stiff competition in the
race from former Mombasa lawyer Taib Ali Taib, who is also a Special Prosecutor
in the office of DPP.
“We’ve had an opportunity that, for many
years, was unavailable, and that is to become available for a competitive
interview for one of the positions of the government of Kenya. I celebrate the
fact that we’re able to do this, 15 years ago this would’ve been impossible,”
“Let us leave the panel to make their
decision depending on their knowledge, experience and wisdom. I’m happy simply
to have had the opportunity to present myself.”
Other than Omari and Taib, the vacant
position of the DPP has attracted stiff competition from two senior assistant
DPPs, Jacinta Nyamosi and Tabitha Wanyama Ouya, who also presented their CVs
before the PSC select panel.
Former commissioner of the defunct electoral
body ECK, Thomas Letangule, and David Ruto from EACC were also interviewed by
Day two, which is the final day of the selection
exercise, will see 8 more candidates being interviewed as the race to find
Kenya’s third DPP enters its penultimate stage.
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