The family of the late businessman Tob Cohen has through their lawyers filed a petition to have The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji removed from office.

In Court documents, the family has accused the DPP of mishandling Cohen’s murder case. And also mishandling other cases such as the Direct Line Assurance Limited and the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) case.

Cohen’s sister Gabriel Hannah, who is the petition also claimed that Haji despite have nineteen years of experience in the legal practice since he took office, has never set foot in any know courts.

The DPP Public Haji lacks all requisite experience as provided for under Article 157 (3) Constitution of Kenya, 2010, reads the petition.

Hannah also said that Haji’s directives are influenced by nepotism, favoritism, other improper motives, or corrupt practices contrary to Article 73(2) of the Constitution.

The family also claimed that the DPP is operating openly with impunity by protecting people such as Justice Sankale who was linked to the murder of Cohen. And that is an indication of abuse of office and misuse of power.

That Noordin Haji the DPP herein, has demonstrated such abuse of power and abuse of office by restraining the Director of Criminal Investigations from arresting the Judge Sankale, for his involvement in the murder and subsequent cover up of the Petitioner’s brother Tob Cohen until and unless the Director of Criminal Investigation gets explicit authorization from him (Director of Public Prosecutions), reads the petition in part.

Hannah also stated that the office of the DPP was the weakest link in fighting corruption in Kenya quoting a 2018 study on the Perceptions and Experiences of Corruption in the Public Service.

This report leaves no doubt that Mr. Noordin Haji has failed the leadership test and is undeserving of the public office that he currently occupies and should consequently be discharged to pursue his other interests,” reads the statement in part.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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