The Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i, has reaffirmed collaboration between all agencies under his Ministry with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) to ensure successful prosecutions and facilitate quick administration of justice. Speaking at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Matiang’i said he is willing to avail some of the resources under the Interior Ministry to support the ODPP’s operations.
The CS also appreciated the joint efforts by the ODPP and the judiciary to decongest correctional facilities. He noted that the government is spearheading reforms, including diversion and reclassification, with a view to ridding remands of petty offenders. “Our remand facilities are almost crammed but our joint efforts with the ODPP together with the National Community Service Orders Committee, which is chaired by Hon. Justice Luka Kimaru, are yielding the much-desired progress in this endeavour,” CS Matiang’i said.
He added that the government is also working closely with various development partners and donors, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), to establish court infrastructure within maximum-security prisons in every region across the country to ensure the safety of the suspects, the prison staff, and the judicial officers.
Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said his office is committed to undertaking reforms to complement the government’s efforts to streamline the administration of justice in the country. The twop were speaking at teh conclusion of an 8-week induction programme for 52 new prosecutors counsels and they are the pioneering graduands from the Prosecutors’ Training Institute, in a programme set up by the ODPP to prepare new prosecutors to tackle hard cases. They’ll eb deployed to different parts of the country. Among those present at the function included LSK President Allen Gichuhi, and representatives from NIS, EACC, IPOA, and the Judiciary among others.