How Lawyers Pocketed Nearly Sh400 Million in Kenya's 2013 Presidential Election Petition

  • Lawyers raked in nearly Sh400 Million during the 2013 presidential election petition where the then-Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) leader Raila Odinga challenged the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The six-judge bench at the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga upheld Kenyatta’s win in the final ruling.

    In the case that lasted for two weeks, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) spent Sh85 Million in legal fees.

    IEBC contracted two lead counsels at a cost of Sh10 Million each with five assisting Counsels paid Sh5 Million each.

    The electoral body also covered the legal fees for then Chairman Isaac Hassan which amounted to Sh35 Million.

    The former IEBC chairman was represented by Ahmednassir Abdullahi.

    The Jubilee Party had a line up of eight lawyers and is estimated to have spent over Sh300 Million in defending the election of President Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto.

    Senior Counsel Fred Ngatia was lead lawyer responding to 13 petitions lodged against the President while Mr Katwa Kigen defended Ruto.

    Other lawyers in the legal team included Mr Mohammed Nyaoga, Mr Waweru Gatonye, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kindiki Kithure, Kipchumba Murkommen, Dr Stephen Njiru and John Waiganjo.

    Raila was represented by veteran lawyer George Oraro and his legal team included Siaya Senator James Orengo and lawyer Paul Mwangi some of whom offered their services for free.

    Some of the lawyers in the 2013 petition are expected to reappear again in the Supreme Court.

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