Havi Contradicts LSK in Judge's Ouster Row

  • LSK President Nelson Havi addressing a press conference on September 24, 2020
    LSK President Nelson Havi addressing a press conference on September 24, 2020
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  • The Law Society of Kenya(LSK) President Nelson Havi, has contradicted an earlier statement made by LSK Chief Executive Officer Mercy Kalondu Wambua and Nairobi Branch Chairman Eric Theuri. 

    The two made a statement in reference to a judge mentioned in ex-Nairobi governor Mike Sonko’s expose.

    In their statement dated Wednesday, November 17, the body gave the Judicial Service Commission exactly 14 days to take action against the said judge, failure to which they would petition for the removal of the judge. 

    They stated that when the grace period given to JSC lapses, all lawyers would boycott court sessions until the matter is addressed. 

    LSK Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Wambua.
    LSK Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Wambua.
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    Havi has, however, contradicted the statement given by the two LSK officials, stating that Wambua and Theuri do not represent the entire body. 

    In a statement he made on Wednesday, November 17, he stated that in the case where they give any statement regarding the matter, they are only giving personal opinions, which should not be assumed to be the body’s decision. 

    "The two, Eric Theuri and Mercy Kalondu Wambua, do not speak for the Law Society of Kenya on the matter of the said Justice," stated Havi

    He proceeded to say that as a body, they are aware that a formal complaint has been made before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), and whatever they decide is what LSK will abide by. 

    “The Law Society of Kenya is aware of a formal complaint before the Judicial Service Commission and will abide by the outcome therefrom,"

    Wambua had stated otherwise in a press statement, demanding that JSC speeds up the investigations, and ensure the said judge is removed from office and prosecuted, or else they take action. 

    The said judge was captured on a video posted by former Nairobi County Governor Mike Sonko on Tuesday, November 16, where the judge was heard asking for Ksh100 million to compromise a case he was presiding over.

    Ever since the exposé, several groups and individuals, Wambua and Theuri included, have been on JSC's neck, pushing for immediate removal of the judge from his post. 

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