NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 2- The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has received the government’s authority to recruit additional members of staff.
The approval received from the National Treasury authorises the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to spend Sh137 million in the recruitment of specialist and support staff members.
In a letter signed by the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, the ODPP can now recruit 267 legal staff, 74 prosecution assistants and 74 non-legal staff.
While welcoming the National Treasury’s support, Tobiko noted that efforts to improve on the delivery of justice are steadily receiving government support.
“Notwithstanding the current capacity drawbacks, as an office, we will continue to cascade our services to Kenyans in the spirit of the Constitution. We also intend to further improve the discharge of our prosecution mandate, that is, provision of timely prosecution services, facilitation of victims or witnesses’ assistance, professionalization of prosecution services, promotion of inter-agency cooperation and collaboration and implementation of a quality management system,” Tobiko said.
The office has so far managed to oversee the recruitment of 76 new prosecution counsels to boost its capacity to 169.
“To this end, I humbly urge the President, Parliament, relevant government offices, development partners, the civil society and members of the public to do all they can to improve the funding and other capacitation of the ODPP, in its quest for institutional reforms and growth. This will ensure that the on-going judicial reforms are, deepened and the rule of law strengthened in our great republic,” he added.
In the recently released first Annual Status Report for the Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Tobiko disclosed that the ODPP had managed to make significant progress in the operationalisation of the independent office of the DPP.
He singled out the development of a Strategic Plan (2011-2015), the enactment of the ODPP Act, 2013, the establishment of the ODPP Advisory Board under the ODPP Act, and the operationalisation of a new organizational structure as some of the milestones.