Human rights defenders have come to the defense of the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Hajj, urging politicians to give him space in his efforts against graft.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, they scoffed at politicians for derailing the fight against corruption in the country.
Khalid said politicians have never backed the fight against graft and that Hajj should never back down.
Speaking in Mombasa on Tuesday, the rights defender urged politicians to stop linking the fight with tribal ties but instead allow the institutions mandated to tame graft in the country execute their duties.
Mr. Khalid noted that corruption has dented the country’s image as individuals steal public funds whenever they get into power.
“The journey may be tough and painful to some but the DPP should be accorded the necessary adequate support so as to safeguard public resources,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He noted that corruption has denied Kenyans basic services thus depriving them of their rights.
Corruption deprives rights
He exuded hopes that the current efforts by the DPP Noordin Hajj and Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti will tame embezzlement of public funds in the country and punish all those culpable.
His sentiments comes as Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu is fighting to keep his seat after he was charged in court for embezzling 584 million shillings county funds.
He was released on sh 15 million and ordered not to access his office until the graft case leveled against him is heard and determined.
The fight also forced drastic and urgent changes at the Treasury after former Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich was also charged in court over a 63 billion shillings dam scandal.
Together with his Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge they were replaced.
The DPP has categorically stated that he will not back down in hammering all those involved in stealing public money.
He said he has gathered adequate evidence abroad and in the country and he is ready to discharged his mandate of pursuing those who embezzle public funds.
“I know corruption always fights back but we are prepared foe the outcomes,” he said earlier.