Ekeza Sacco Members Batter Lawyer in Court

  • Lawyer Samuel Mburu manhandled outside Milimani Court The Star
  • Lawyer Samuel Mburu was attacked by members of the Ekeza Sacco on his way out of Milimani court on Thursday claiming they did not hire him nor offer him any instructions to represent them; claiming he was there on a different agenda.

    Another lawyer, Duncan Okatch, was also at the scene and claimed he was acting on behalf of the Sacco members who are accusing controversial Bishop Gakuyo of swindling their hard-earned money.

    The events resulted in the development of a scuffle that caught the attention of court orderlies who came to the rescue of the lawyer.

    The furious member maintained that under no circumstances would someone that they do not know represent them in the sensitive case.

    Bishop Gakuyo appearing at the DCI offices

    Further review of the matter at the scene revealed that the different lawyers were representing different factions of the Sacco.

    While Okatch was there allegedly to represent the Interim Board members, Mburu came in to stand for another group, the details of which weren’t clear.

    Lawyer Okatch requested the court to set aside earlier orders issued on Wednesday since they barred the Sacco’s interim officials from operating in their offices until the case filed by 11 members was concluded.

    The lawyer lamented that the orders were issued while he, as the defense counsel was absent. The court directed that the issue for representation be discussed further.  

    Magistrate Orenge directed that Ekeza Sacco files a formal application if it was aggrieved by the initial Orders.

    Following a case filed by 11 members, the court barred the State from taking over the management of the Sacco.

    The government, through Commissioner Mary Mwangi intended to install a new management committee for the Sacco.

    "The management of the Sacco is about to be overturned whimsically by the Commissioner, thus leaving its affairs in an uncertain state and open to loss and plunder," the members argued.

    The case will be heard on March 22.

    On Wednesday, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI) instructed residents from Kiambu and Nairobi Counties defrauded by entities linked to the controversial Thika based Bishop David Ngari to report to the DCI Headquarters along Kiambu Road on March 19, 2019, at 9:00am.

    Bishop Gakuyo addressing a public gathering in the past