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The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) is the National Prosecuting Authority in the Republic of Kenya as established by the Constitution of Kenya, which de-linked it from the Office of the Attorney General and established it as an independent office. The office is empowered with the authority to exercise the State's powers of prosecution with regard to criminal proceedings.

The ODPP is officially headed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who is nominated, and with the approval of the National Assembly, appointed by the President of Kenya.

The role Of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)

The mandate of ODPP as derived from Article 157 of the Constitution is to institute and to undertake the prosecution of criminal matters and all other related incidents.

The role of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Kenya[1] and the ODPP takes place through four departments namely:

A Deputy Director heads each of these departments.

The core functions of the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) include prosecution of those charged by the police and other investigative agencies with criminal offences while upholding, protecting and promoting human and constitutional rights.

Other functions

Nature of complaints handled at ODPP

The nature of complaints handled by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are as follows:

The first holder of the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions under the 2010 Constitution was Keriako Tobiko who served from 2011 before resigning in 2018 when he was appointed as the cabinet Secretary for the ministry of environment and natural resources.

Other jurisdictions

In the United Kingdom, the equivalent position to the director of public prosecutions is a chief crown prosecutor, this prosecutors work under the Crown Prosecution Service In England and Wales, District Attorney in the United States and Procurator Fiscal In Scotland

In Canada, The equivalent position to a director of public prosecutor is a crown attorney, crown counsel or Crown Prosecutor depending on the province

List of Director of Public Prosecutions

# Name
Took office Left office Appointed by
1 Keriako Tobiko
2011 2018 Mwai Kibaki
2 Nurdin` Hajji 2018 2023 Uhuru Kenyatta
3 Renson M. Ingonga 2023 Incumbent William Ruto[2]


  1. ^ "Role of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Kenya". AfroCave. 2019-02-13. Retrieved 2022-07-24.
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