HAJI

'Hii kiti sio ya mama yangu': Haji says he's not afraid of being fired

Says if due process is followed and it is found he should go, he is ready to do so.

In Summary

• Among those who have filed petitions seeking Haji's removal are one by murdered Dutch businessman Tob Cohen's sister - Gabriel.

• However, the court stopped the Public Service Commission from considering the petition.

DPP Noordin Haji during the launch of the Execellence Charter on Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
DPP Noordin Haji during the launch of the Execellence Charter on Tuesday, 8 June, 2021
Image: FILE

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has said he is not worried about the four petitions that have been filed against him seeking his removal from office.

"I am a man of God... I cannot be in this office forever. If PSC feels that I have to leave, then due process must be followed. Hii kiti sio ya mama yangu (this position doesn't belong to my mother)," he said.

Haji spoke during an interview with KBC on Wednesday night.

Among those who have filed petitions seeking Haji's removal are one by murdered Dutch businessman Tob Cohen's sister - Gabriel.

However, the court stopped the Public Service Commission from considering the petition.

Another petition had been filed by Jack and Jill supermarket proprietor Schon Noorani, however he withdrew it.

In an affidavit filed at the Public Service Commission, Noorani said after much thought, he decided to abandon the petition.

Haji said he has never been involved in corruption.

"If anyone has evidence, then let him table it and I will challenge it in court," he said. 

He reiterated his office will not take on cases 'for the sake of it'.

"We will only bring cases that are watertight and the ones we think have chances of conviction... I will not play to the gallery with a matter I know is going nowhere," he said.

Haji said that the public has been made to believe that his office does not want to prosecute some cases; when the fact is that his office is just not ready to take them to court.

 “When we are we will prosecute. The evidence must be of a certain nature for us to say this is money that has been lost and these are the people with that money.”

In the matter of the Kemsa saga, he said he does not believe in putting timelines in prosecuting a case.

"For instance, if we're depending on other jurisdictions and countries to help us get the evidence, how do I place a timeframe,” he said.

Haji had returned the Kemsa file on alleged procurement irregularities to the EACC for further investigations.

The DPP said his office had finalised reviewing files of alleged beneficiaries of the alleged scandal at Kemsa and upon review, it emerged that the scope of the investigations was massive.

Haji said he is not afraid of prosecuting any case.

Meanwhile, Haji lauded the digital case management system he launched.

He said the system, which is connected to the Judiciary has helped his office serve citizens virtually.