ODPP Issues Warning To Graft-laden Politicians

Written By John Mutiso  📝

Prior to the 2022 general elections, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) Noordin Haji will intensify on election-related offenses.

In a statement, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) stated that even as the fight against corruption remains their strategic focus they will focus their mandate on cases of corruption that directly impact the elections.

“While the prosecution and the fight against corruption remains a strategic focus for the office it will not be a priority in the next three months,” the statement read.

Corruption-related cases involving political leaders will be high on their priority list, however, the prosecutor pointed out that pending proceedings in court have no influence on a candidate’s eligibility to run for any public office.

“Invariably this will include cases of corruption directly impacting the elections during this period. Instituting prosecution against political figures accused of corruption will not stop them from seeking elections,” the statement further read.

According to the law, politicians accused of graft have the ability to persuade the masses despite their tarnished image due to corruption allegations unless they have been sentenced for more than six months.

“It’s important to note that the law only stops those convicted for more than six months from seeking elections, not their prosecution,” ODPP elaborated.

As entrenched in Chapter 6 of the constitution, it will be upon the public to sift through the list of political candidates and vote for trustworthy leaders.

“Voters can look at those whose cases are being investigated, currently in court, and those named by EACC and make informed decisions about the caliber of leaders they want to elect to office,” ODPP said.

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