Former Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has officially taken over the position of Major General (Retired) Philip Wachira Kameru after being sworn in as the Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
Mr. Haji took the oath in a brief ceremony that lasted only 20 minutes, held at the Nairobi State House on Wednesday. The event, attended by President William Ruto, followed Haji’s approval by members of parliament on Tuesday.
Other leaders in attendance included Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Prime CS Musalia Mudavadi, Attorney General Justin Muturi, as well as ministers and members of the National Security Council (NSC).
President Ruto urged Mr. Haji to dedicate himself to ensuring that the NIS withstands and effectively deals with the challenges facing society.
“You are taking up this position at a time when the world is facing challenges of climate change, people fighting over resources, and the issue of terrorism among other security challenges. We need intelligence information to control the economy and other matters concerning our nation,” said the Head of State.
Mr. Haji succeeds Major General (Retired) Philip Wachira Kameru, who held the position for approximately eight years.
The Parliamentary Intelligence Committee, led by Belgut MP Nelson Koech, praised Mr. Haji, stating that he excels in the effective management of crucial institutions in the country.
President Ruto nominated Haji to take on the role of Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on May 16. On Tuesday, the Defence and Foreign Relations Committee of Parliament approved Haji’s nomination, granting him the necessary authorization to be sworn in.