On Saturday, July 22, the Selection Panel published 15 shortlisted candidates for the position of the Director of Public Prosecutions – DPP, featuring seasoned and learned members of the legal fraternity.
Apart from familiar names like Danstan Omari, Thomas Letangule and Taib Ali Taib, the list also had three women who could be a heartbeat away from making history by becoming Kenya’s next DPP, as women continue to break the glass ceiling.
The three daring women who are eying the powerful DPP position include Jacinta Nyaboke Nyamosi, Lilian Okumu and Tabitha Ouya.
This article tells you more about their careers, who they are and their journey in the justice system.
Profile of Jacinta Nyaboke Nyamosi
Nyamosi is currently the Deputy Director in the Department of Offences Against the Person (OAP) at the ODPP.
An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she was admitted to the bar in 1996 and has played various roles, among them being the Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions in charge of Kiambu and Kisumu Counties.
“She has experience on matters relating to Human Trafficking. Ms. Nyamosi has vast experience in prosecutions and has represented the State in sensitive and complex Criminal Prosecution, Appeals and Judicial Reviews and Constitutional Petitions and References,” reads part of her profile on the ODPP’s website.
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Additionally, she has experience on matters relating to Human Trafficking and Complex criminal prosecutions.
Previously, she served as the Head of the Sexual Offences Division.
Profile of Tabitha Wanyama Ouya
Ms Ouya is the Acting Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions and the head of the Prosecutors Training Institute. She is currently an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Moreover, she has prosecuted various matters including sexual and gender-based violence, homicides, transnational and organised crime, and trafficking in persons.
Her experience spans 20 years as a prosecutor and six years as a civil litigator.
Ms Okumu Chief of Staff at Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). She has been a prosecutor for over 20 years.
Other Shortlisted Candidates for DPP
Other shortlisted prominent candidates in the shortlist include Thomas Letangule, lawyer Danstan Omari and advocate Taib Ali Taib.
In addition to the list has Victor Mule, David Ruto, Andayi Francis, Winston Ngaira, Peter Mailayi, Jacob Ondari, James Ndegwa, David Okachi and Renson Ingonga.
Moreover, the Selection Panel is set to interview the fifteen candidates between August 1 and 2nd.
The successful candidate will succeed Noordin Haji, following his appointment as the Director General of the National Intelligent Service (NIS).