, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7 – The Public Service Commission (PSC) on Friday advertised for three positions of deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and 145 other positions in the department.
Acting deputies Dorcas Oduor who is in charge of the International and Economic Crimes, Patrick Kiage in charge of the County and Regulatory Affairs and Grace Murungi who heads the Offences Against the Person Department are free to apply for the three positions and compete with other interested candidates following the advertisement.
The Central Facilitation Services directorate is headed by Elijah Nduati who was appointed as the Director of Administration.
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko told Capital FM News that though the advertisement of the 148 positions was an important development that will boost the capacity of the seriously understaffed office, there was still a shortage in view that 930 prosecuting counsel are required. Currently the office has 106 prosecution counsel nationally.
“This is an important development but it is still a drop in the ocean. We are 106 nationally and we require 930 prosecution counsel. The 148 advertised will go along way but will not meet the current needs,” he asserted.
Tobiko further complained that the terms of service are very poor and cannot attract and retain professionals in his office. He explained that it was the second time his office had advertised for the same positions but could not fill them due to poor terms, “this has be addressed urgently, the terms are horribly poor. This is a re-advertisement.”
Tobiko urged the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to speed up the review process to improve their terms of engagement explaining that his office had already held meetings to address the salary inconsistencies affecting operations in the office.
According to the newspaper advertisement, a deputy DPP earns a monthly basic salary of between Sh120, 270 to Sh180, 660 and about Sh140, 000 in terms of monthly benefits.
PSC further advertised for 46 positions in the State Law office.
Applicants for the advertised positions in the two constitutional offices have up to September 20 to forward their applications to the PSC.