Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji made it clear that they are not targeting individuals or a particular tribe.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange Live,the new sheriff in town stated that graft suspects have made recovery of assets difficult because of the ventures they pour the money looted from public coffers into.
DPP Haji said public officials accused of corruption more often than not end up laundering the money they looted in non-viable business ventures, hence making it hard to get back public funds for proper use.
He also rubbished claims by a section of politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto that the war on graft is being used to target certain communities or individuals.
Haji, in mitigation, released a list detailing the numbers of people his office is investigating for graft crimes by ethnicity.
According to him, a majority of the suspects come from the Kikuyu community (141), followed by the Luo community (56) and the Kalenjin community (46).
A tough-talking DPP also defended the mode of arresting of suspects on Fridays and detaining them until Monday when they’re arraigned in court — what is now known as the kamata kamata Fridays — saying it is allowed by law.
The DPP also commended Chief Justice David Maraga for appointing 10 new Special Magistrates under the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes unit so as to ensure graft cases are sped up.
He further shielded both himself and Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti from allegations by a section of politicians that they are being used to fight political battles saying “we are nobody’s errand boys, except Kenyans.”
The BIGGEST & the most REMARKABLE acheiments of @DCI_Kenya Kinoti & @ODPP_KE Noordin Haji is not conviction of those looting billions. Their most REMARKABLE acheiment is their disruptive/dismantling efforts of the network that steal billions…scuttling is the new strategy
— Ahmednasir Abdullahi SC (@ahmednasirlaw) February 28, 2019
How are the stealing efforts being dismantled if we always know after the looting has occurred?
— Time Traveler (@Vantixx254) February 28, 2019
And you were out there defending an entity build on public land, build on public loot and serviced by political patronage. If you're on Kenyans part the little you can do is dissociate from such characters.
— Sang Kosi (@kosi_sang) February 28, 2019
No way..the biggest achievement would be not ONLY to jail them but be charged FOUR TIMES stolen monies and their ASSETS recovered..that way taxi payers do not have to loose cash in dismantling them..DISMANTLING will be automatic.
— Ngigi (@JGNgigi) February 28, 2019