DPP Noordin Haji has reiterated his earlier calls to have governors charged with graft and other major offenses step down from office.
Haji said he would fight “tooth and nail” all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn the law that allows them to return to office.
“It’s frustrating to charge governors and hard to convict, despite the outcry that counties are the new bastions of graft, the DPP said adding that “Prosecuting governors will be a waste of time if they are not compelled to leave office until their cases are determined.”
Haji said unlike top national officers, governors resume office once charged. They tamper with witnesses, mostly county employees.
“We charge these people, and then after days they are back in office, frustrating us. And the prosecutors are blamed.”
In an apparent reference to Migori governor Okoth Obado’s murder trial, Haji expressed regret that county chiefs are allowed back into public office, even after being charged with capital offenses.
Busia’s Sospeter Ojaamong is facing graft charges while Obado is facing both graft and murder.