In a shocking turn of events, President William Ruto has recently nominated the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji for a completely new position as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service. This decision was announced in accordance with Section 7 (1) of the National Intelligence Service Act, leaving many people reeling in confusion.
Haji, who has spent six years as the Director of Public Prosecutions, previously worked as the Deputy Director of the Counter Organized Crime Unit within the National Intelligence Service. With a Bachelor of Law and Masters degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff, as well as a second Masters Degree in National Security Policy with Merit (MNSPO) from the Australian National University, he is a highly educated individual with a diverse professional background.
President Ruto has transmitted Haji’s name to the National Assembly for consideration, leaving many people questioning the meaning behind this sudden decision. To add to the perplexity, Haji’s nomination comes ahead of the retirement of Major-General (Rtd) Philip Wachira Kameru, the outgoing Director-General, who was appointed in September 2014 after an illustrious military career.
Despite the confusion, Ruto has praised Kameru for his outstanding leadership and monumental strides made in the fight against crimes and threats to national security under his watch as the Director-General of National Intelligence Service. With Haji’s nomination, only time will tell what the future holds for this position and how it will impact Kenya and the world at large.