NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 13 – The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions can now recruit 130 legal officers and 37 support staff following the approval of Sh300 million by the Treasury.
The DPP’s office had requested for Sh389 million in August but had to hold the recruitment process and operation expenditures after the treasury delayed to release the money.
“The treasury has noted that your office requires additional Sh389 million in the financial year 2012/2013 to cater for recruitment and operations expenditures. We have reviewed the request and treasury approval is hereby granted for additional funding amounting to Sh300 million,” a letter from the Ministry of Finance states.
The letter seen by Capital FM News said Sh 88 million will cater for recruitment of the legal officers and support staff while Sh212 million will be used for operations and maintenance expenditures.
DPP Keriako Tobiko in July announced that his office required emergency measures to recruit at least 300 prosecution counsels to boost the existing judicial capacity.
He said there was a shortage of 844 legal staff and 182 non-legal staff to improve efficiency and effectiveness of his office.
The office was in July awarded Sh167.4 million to hire 106 prosecutors and 77 non-legal staff.
Tobiko then wrote to the Treasury seeking approval to recruit new staff, saying his office was experiencing a serious shortage which has negatively affected the delivery of services to the public.
Tobiko emphasised that his office urgently required emergency measures to recruit at least 300 prosecution counsels to improve efficiency in the department.
The ODPP requested for Sh939 million in the 2012/2013 budget to cater for those in service and the recruitment of key personnel, but only Sh 447 million was allocated and over half of that figure will be used to pay salaries and allowances for the existing employees and those being recruited, his office said.
This left Sh 167, 441, 781.80 for recruitment of additional staff.
Tobiko has said that even fter this latest budget approval, he is still left with a shortage of 714 legal officers and 68 non support staff.