Transparency International Kenya (TI-Kenya) has withdrawn the 2019 Leadership Integrity Award (State/Public Officer) from Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.
In a letter to Haji dated May 25, 2023, TI-Kenya Executive Director Sheila Masinde said the decision was made after the organization received public petitions and conducted an assessment based on concerns raised by the public and its partners championing integrity in Kenya.
The petitions raised serious allegations regarding the withdrawal of high-profile corruption cases, including those for which Haji was previously recognized, resulting in the loss of public funds.
“In light of these concerns and after careful consideration, Transparency International Kenya has made the decision to withdraw the Leadership Integrity Award (State/Public Officer) conferred upon you in 2019, based on our firm belief that maintaining the highest standards of integrity is crucial for all recipients of our awards,” Masinde said.
She also asked Haji to return the certificate and plaque issued to him for the award.
Haji has not yet commented on the decision.
TI-Kenya is a non-governmental organization that works to promote transparency and accountability in public life.
The organization’s Integrity Awards are presented annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the fight against corruption.