Dpp Bars Orengo From Representing A Corruption Suspect In Court
The Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji has gone ahead to file an application that stops Orengo from representing a suspect of corruption in a court of law. This comes as a move by the DPP to fight corruption and graft in the country and he wants Orengo cut off from the corruption case involving Daniel Manduku the Kenya Port Authority Managing Director.
He gave a basis that Orengo was a senator, thus a states officer and that he would be a person of interest appearing in court. This comes after a directive from the head of state directing the Attorney General to come up with a law that bars state officers from being involved in other duties that would interfere with the service provision process to the citizens and the state.
The Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director is facing charges involving the misappropriation of bounty of money, some Ksh.2.73 billion at the institution. In the application that the DPP made the states,” though Orengo is entitled to practice law, such practice should not conflict with the public interest the is under the duty to protect.” The managing director doesn’t want the Director of Public Prosecutions to open charges of graft against him as he had been investigated by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
In response Orengo says,” I represent the first interested party in my capacity as an advocate and an officer of this court in accordance with section 55 of the Advocates act.” He further stated that the Kenya Advocates and the Law Society of Kenya Act do not have a barrier that prevents a sitting member of parliament from practicing law. Other leaders have come out to advise that although they have not yet seen the bill, they ought to be careful not to make laws that favor an individual instead of bringing posterity.