The Star (Nairobi)

15 April 2014

Kenya: Poor Pay Drains DPP's Office

POOR pay has been blamed for the high staff turn over from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Prosecution counsel Katto Wambua yesterday said most of the staff leaving the DPP's office head to the judiciary where the pay is better.

Speaking to the press at the sidelines of the second annual convention of the ODPP's at the Kenya School of Government in Nairobi, Wambua said they have written a proposal to the Salaries and Renumeration Commission seeking a review of the terms and conditions for the prosecutors.

"We are negotiating with the SRC on terms and conditions of service to attract and retain high caliber of personnel. We have been losing personnel to institutions like the judiciary. We are hopeful that they will consider our proposal," he said.

Wambua said the shortage of prosecutors has led to backlog of cases and straining the few prosecutors. He said instilling faith and successful prosecution will be realised once the budgetary allocation is increased. The three-day convention provides a platform for the DPP to celebrate some of the milestones such as the recent development of institutional and prosecutorial policies and guidelines.

The DPP's office has developed institutional policies and guidelines such as the National Prosecution Policy, Code of Conduct for Public Prosecutors, General Prosecution Guidelines which will be unveiled during the three day convention. The convention which bring together over 600 participants will be opened today by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga.

Other high profile guests are AG Githu Muigai,Justice Mike Chibita, who is the DPP Uganda and Eliezer Feleshi DPP Tanzania. The office which has since been independent,has established 41 new County Offices which Wambua said six more county offices will be opened by end of financial year in order to guarantee efficient service delivery.

Treasury has authorized the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to incur an expenditure of Sh137 million in the recruitment of specialist and support staff members which Wambua said is a far cry from what they anticipated.

"We have a target of having over 1,000 prosecutors as per rationalization of human resource and management in office because we are concerned about uplifting prosecutorial standards in our country," he said.

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