A special ceremony was held for Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka on December 11, where he was finally conferred with the Senior Counsel Honours.
Though he had already been gazetted, the former vice president was not available for the conferment ceremony which was held in November 2020.
Kalonzo was away on official duty in the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was mediating a conflict between the two sides of DRC's ruling coalition.Kalonzo Musyoka signing the roll of Senior Counsels at the Supreme Court on December 11, 2020.
Chief Justice David Maraga's officiated the ceremony in what will be one of his official duties before he retires.
"Today I am honoured to have been bestowed the title of the Senior Counsel (SC) in a ceremony officiated by the Chief Justice David Maraga at the Supreme Court today," he divulged.
Also present were DCJ Philomena Mwilu, Judiciary Chief Registrar Anne Amadi and Lawyer Philip Murgor.
Maraga, in his last speech as the Chief Justice, has criticised sections of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying that specific proposals undermine the independence of the judiciary and seek to entrench an executive grip on the judicial arm of government.
Maraga warned that if the bill becomes law, it could potentially trigger a constitutional crisis by creating the office of the Ombudsman in the judiciary.
In the previous ceremony, a number of lawyers received their honours in an occasion that the CJ almost missed.
Maraga was allegedly on his way home for lunch when he received a phone call from Amadi informing him of his duties to preside over the function.Kalonzo Musyoka speaking at the Supreme Court on December 11, 2020.
When Maraga received the call, he is said to have directed his driver to make a U-turn at Bomas.
The senior counsels included Parkash Nagpal, Fackson Kagwe, Pravin Bowry, Rautta Athiambo, Fredrick Ngatia, Philip Murgor, Albert Mumma, Beauttah Siganga, Charles Gatonye, Kiragu Kimani, Kioko Kilukumi, Wilfred Nderitu and John Chigiti, Abdikadir Mohammed, and Otiende Amollo.
Women who were conferred included Martha Karua, Judy Thongori, Zehrabanu Janmohamed, Patricia Nyaundi and Deputy DPP Dorcas Oduor.
The team had been conferred by President Uhuru Kenyatta in July 2020.Kalonzo Musyoka (seated) at the Supreme Court on December 11, 2020.
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