In Summary
  • Haji said public officials continuing to hold office on full pay and benefits after being charged in court undermined the course of justice.
  • MPs Anthony Oluoch, Jared Okello, Caleb Amisi, Teddy Mwambire, and James Nyikal said that Haji’s case should be backed by all.

Some National Super Alliance (Nasa) lawmakers have backed calls for elected officials facing corruption and murder charges to step aside and go without pay for the duration of the case.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji started the debate last month when he termed as a hindrance to the success of his work cases where State officials get to keep their jobs and salaries when facing various charges.

“I am frustrated that once I charge certain individuals, I can’t get them to face the law. Some remain in their offices to flex their muscles, to intimidate witnesses and interfere with investigations,” Mr Haji had told Citizen TV.

Citing the cases of Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and Migori Governor Okoth Obado, who are facing abuse of office and murder charges, respectively, Mr Haji said public officials continuing to hold office on full pay and benefits after being charged in court undermined the course of justice.

INTERFERE

On Thursday, MPs Anthony Oluoch (Mathare), Jared Okello (Nyando), Caleb Amisi (Saboti), Teddy Mwambire (Ganze), and Seme’s James Nyikal said that Mr Haji’s case should be backed by all.

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