DPP GETS READY TO HANDLE RISE IN GRAFT CASES AHEAD OF ELECTIONEERING YEAR

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji says the rate of crime in Kenya is likely to increase ahead of the 2022 elections, noting that this trend has been historical across the country around the electioneering period.

He stated that with this in mind, strategic plans have been mooted to cater for the workload at the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) as well as the entire Criminal Justice system. The preparations will ensure that there is safety in the country and across the border points.

“A lot of the big crimes, especially corruption, tend to occur just before an election… Criminals find it much easier to perpetrate when they consider that the government is at its weakest point during an election,” he said.

“We will see an increase. And the question is, are we prepared? We are trying to prepare ourselves out of the experience and through strategic.

The ODPP, National Police Service and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission are holding meetings to discuss proactivity in the country’s security ahead of the 2022 general elections.

During their discussions, convictions in corruption cases tops their agenda, where he noted that high ranking government officials will not be spared.

Statistics by the ODPP state that the conviction rate of anti-corruption cases increased to 63.16 per cent as of June last year. Conviction rate of all the other cases stood at 92.58% in the FY 2019/2020.

Cases that are part of these statistics include; Sirisia MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu, prosecuted and convicted in 24 months, with a KShs. 2 Billion fine.

The ODPP has also handled successfully high profile cases such as those of Samburu Governor Moses Lenokulal, former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu, former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, Tharaka Nithi’s Muthomi Njuki and Garissa’s Ali Korane among others.

The rate of convictions is supported by The President through a Multi-Agency framework against anti-corruption, which takes a holistic approach in handling the cases to completion.

President Uhuru Kenyatta is quite firm about the war against corruption, his stand is that no government official will be forgiven for indulging in corruption. The process is quite clear and the law will be followed for every corrupt individual with the focus being on prosecution, conviction, forfeiture, to deter public servants from indulging in corruption.

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