HAJI

'Mtu wa mtaa': Why Haji doesn't play golf

'I play football but I'm not a die-hard fan'.

In Summary

• 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.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji at a past event.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji at a past event.
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It is known as a game for the high and mighty in society. When players meet on the course, serious decisions are said to be made.

The game is golf.

One might think that when he is not prosecuting cases, DPP Noordin Haji might be on the course playing a round of golf, but far from it, he would rather watch football.

Haji said, "I don't play golf. Mimi ni mtu wa mtaa tu. Mi huona golf tu kwa TV nashangaa watu wazima wanakimbiza mpira ndogo, afadhali ile mpira kubwa ya football!"

This loosely translates to, "I'm an ordinary guy. I just see golf on TV and wonder how grownups follow a small ball. I'd rather the big ball of football."

"I play football but I'm not a die-hard fan. Timu yangu sahi inafanya mbaya sana."

Haji spoke during an interview with KBC on Wednesday night.

Away from the field and in court, Haji said 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.