CABINET SPAT REVEALS NEED FOR A SPECIAL PROSECUTOR
BY MOHAMED WARSAMA
The President needs to get his act right on the ongoing war against corruption. It simply doesn’t sync. There are too many gray areas in the investigative field that need to be ironed out.
I said it before and am repeating it yet again that this crackdown on corruption be depoliticised completely and left entirely to the DPP.
I think ideally there is need to carve the office of an independent powerful Special Prosecutor from the existing DPP and appoint the incumbent DPP as the Special Prosecutor with the sole mandate of going after corrupt.
Presently the DPP can be chasing after a big fish in parastatal one day and the next day after a chicken thief in Kakamega. This sort of incompatibility in his role is enough to cramp his modus operandi because one moment he is dealing with a grave matter and the next moment he is pursuing a trivial case. It is bound to affect the pace of work in his department. So why not detach him from the DPP and make him Special Prosecutor?
As Special Prosecutor he should have the power to intervene and assert jurisdiction on any matter he wants to take up. Once he declares jurisdiction on a matter all others including parliamentary probe teams should not meddle.
In the meantime as the DPP was reported in The Standard today that he is open to plea bargaining with Busia governor Ojaamong if the latter is willing to return to the state some eight million shillings it would be a good idea if the DPP offers all corrupt persons a thirty day amnesty to return looted money and assets.