- “We firmly believe in the wisdom of President William Ruto in nominating Haji to the position of Director General, NIS.”
- “Noordin has had a sterling career as DPP, and went on record as the first holder of that office to aggressively lead the war on corruption head on.”
Pastoralist Parliamentary Group has claimed there is a plot to malign Noordin Haji’s character ahead of his vetting for the position of Director General, the National Intelligence Service.
The group led by Eldas MP Adan Keynan said anybody doubting his suitability to hold the office should have come forward when he was still the Director of Public Prosecutions.
“We also persuade our counterparts in the Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations Committee, and the House at large across the political divide to put the country first and approve Noordin's appointment,” a statement by Keynan reads.
They said Haji is a distinguished intelligence officer, whose last posting in the agency was as Deputy Director Counter-organised Crime Unit before he picked the job of DPP in 2018.
“Our attention has been drawn to what appears to be a civil society-instigated campaign to malign Noordin's character or sway opinions of MPs against him ahead of this critical Parliamentary process,” they said in a statement.
President William Ruto on May 16, 2023, nominated Haji for appointment as the country's next Director General of the National Intelligence Service.
“We firmly believe in the wisdom of President William Ruto in nominating Haji to the position of Director General, NIS,” Keynan said.
They stated that Haji kept other critical agencies within the Criminal Justice System on their toes, including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Judiciary.
“Noordin has had a sterling career as DPP, and went on record as the first holder of that office to aggressively lead the war on corruption head-on,” the statement read.
The Pastoralist Parliamentary Group was formed in 1998. Its purpose is to mainstream the pastoralists’ agenda within the national political and policy processes.
The PPG members represent 15 counties and 64 single-member elected parliamentary constituencies
The National Assembly Departmental Committee on Defence, Intelligence and Foreign Relations will vet Haji on Tuesday at the County Hall Mini-Chamber.