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Noordin Haji Sworn in as New Director-General of NIS

Noordin Haji

Noordin Haji has been sworn in as the new Director-General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) Today.


The ceremony, held at State House, was presided over by President William Ruto and marked a significant moment in Kenya’s intelligence landscape. Notable government officials, including Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, were also in attendance.

During the ceremony, President Ruto expressed his confidence in Haji, highlighting his extensive experience in the intelligence service and previous senior government positions, such as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Ruto commended Haji’s knowledge and expertise, stating that they will be instrumental in fulfilling his responsibilities as the head of NIS.

“I have full confidence that with the experience you have gathered over the years, having worked in the intelligence service for many years and in other senior government positions such as the DPP, you have assembled knowledge and experience to be able to discharge your responsibility,” Ruto said.

Haji’s nomination to assume the NIS position was announced by President Ruto on May 16. Following a thorough vetting process, Parliament’s Defence and Foreign Relations Committee approved Haji’s nomination, granting him the necessary clearance to be sworn in. He replaces Major-General (Rtd) Philip Kameru, who served as the Director-General of NIS for nearly nine years and is set to retire.

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Outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji taking oath of office at State House on June 14, 2023

This appointment marks a return to NIS for Haji, who previously served as the Deputy Director of the Counter Organised Crime Unit within the intelligence agency. His knowledge and experience in both intelligence operations and senior government roles make him well-suited to lead NIS in its mission to safeguard national security.

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The swearing-in ceremony at State House Earlier today saw Haji take his oath in the presence of President Ruto and other prominent officials, including Cabinet Secretaries and Attorney General Justin Muturi. It signifies a significant transition in leadership within Kenya’s intelligence community.

Prior to his appointment as the DPP in 2021, Haji had been selected by retired President Uhuru Kenyatta to be the country’s second Director of Public Prosecutions under the 2010 Constitution. After six years of serving in that role, Haji now returns to NIS to assume his new responsibilities as the Director-General.

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