Keriako Tobiko quits as DPP after being nominated to cabinet

Environment and forestry CS Keriako Tobiko at a past environmental summon. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: The Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has resigned from his post, as confirmed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Addressing the nation from Statehouse in Nairobi on Friday, President Kenyatta stated that the immediate former DPP tendered his resignation on the same day after being informed that the president had nominated him for a cabinet position.

“I have today accepted the resignation of Mr. Keriako Tobiko as the Director of Public Prosecution under article 158 (9) of the Constitution of Kenya 2010,” said Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta unexpectedly made the announcement while adding that he had forwarded Mr. Tobiko’s name and the names of two others to the speaker of the National Assembly for consideration and as a requirement by the constitution.

Former Turkana Senator John Munyes and former Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatta are two others proposed by the president as new Cabinet Secretaries.

Tobiko previously served as a Commissioner to the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission before being appointed the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Former Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is the new State House Comptroller.

The head of state also made some reshuffles in National the police service (NPS) sending senior officers for redeployment for the sake of improving service delivery and efficiency in the service.

Deputy Inspector General in charge of Administration Police Samuel Arachi and his counterpart in charge of Kenya Police have been replaced, together with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations boss Ndegwa Muhoro, whose names have been forwarded to the Public Service Commission for redeployment.

In an acting capacity ahead of vetting and approval, the new Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Kenya Police is Edward Njoroge Mbugua,who is a former presidential escort commander. Noor Gabow will now head the Administration of Police.

George Kinoti who is the current National Police Service spokesperson, assumes the Directorate of Criminal Investigations as the director.

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