Rarieda Member of Parliament (MP) Otiende Amollo's son on Wednesday was among 268 lawyers who were admitted as Advocates of the High Court by Chief Justice David Maraga.
Professing his excitement, the MP posted on his Twitter stating: "Today my son Rodney Amollo begins his journey as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
"Congratulations! May you serve in honesty, humility & dignity," the lawyer exclaimed.
[caption caption="Chief Justice David Maraga, MP Otiende Amollo, his wife, the newly admitted advocate of the High Court Rodney Amollo and other advocates outside the Supreme Court buildings"][/caption]
Rodney has joined a path that his father, the Rarieda MP, has been on for many years as he is notably among the accomplished Advocates of the High Court of Kenya with many years of experience.
Otiende, who is the former Chairperson of the Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of the Ombudsman) of the Republic of Kenya, a position he held between November 2011 to early 2017, successfully petitioned the Presidential Election of 8th August 2017 leading to a new presidential election on October 26, 2017.
Additionally, Otiende is a Notary Public, a Commissioner for Oaths and a Certified Public Secretary, who holds an LL.B (Hons) degree from the University of Nairobi and an LL.M (Hons, Public Law) degree from the same University.
He also holds a Certificate in Human Rights & Humanitarian Law from the Lund University and a Diploma from the Kenya School of Law
Speaking on the new advocated admitted to the bar, CJ Maraga stated: "I have admitted 268 lawyers to the Roll of Advocates today, 272 will be admitted tomorrow at Milimani Law Courts Ceremonial Hall. Congrats to the newest Advocates of the High Court of Kenya."
[caption caption="Chief Justice David Maraga and the newly admitted advocate of the High Court Rodney Amollo"][/caption]
Advising the new High Court advocates, the president of the Judiciary told them to prepare for challenges such as "nasty jokes" that come with their line of work.
"The law's image as a noble and honourable profession is in tatters. You probably will be surprised that our profession is not always very much loved. We bear the brunt of many nasty jokes and often it sounds as if we are enemies of society rather than friends of the people we serve," Maraga mentioned.
He added that many societies tend to view lawyers as elite professionals who are more interested in their bank accounts than the public good.
"The privilege of calling yourself a lawyer comes with many prerequisites. You will be treated with respect and deference not only by your clients but also by the public," the CJ concluded.
[caption caption="Chief Justice David Maraga, MP Otiende Amollo, his wife, the newly admitted advocate of the High Court Rodney Amollo inside the Supreme Court buildings"][/caption]