LSK council overrules president on JSC nomination list

Law Society of Kenya President Allen Waiyaki Gichuhi addresses the media on LSK male representative to the Judicial Commission of Kenya (JSC) at his offices in Nairobi. [Elvis Ogina.Standard]
Law Society of Kenya governing council has overruled the society’s president over nomination of two candidates to represent them at the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

LSK’s president Allen Gichuhi convened the extra-ordinary meeting to discuss the decision to clear Senior Counsel Tom Ojienda and former Kiambu County Assembly Speaker Gathii Irungu but the council overruled him by voting to cancel the meeting.

The decision was reached after a long day that deepened the fall out at LSK with two opposing groups clashing over the meeting convened by Mr Gichuhi.

Their differences spilt to the streets of Nairobi with those opposed to  Gichuhi converging at the Supreme Court building where they waved placards denouncing his leadership and urging him to resign.

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As soon as they started marching towards LSK headquarters in Lavington, another group supporting the president emerged with placards stating that he was right in calling the meeting.

Lawyer Henry Kurauka said the society had fallen to its lowest level due to political and individual interests.

“What we are witnessing in LSK is more political than legal. It is time the council embraced dialogue to prevent the unnecessary divisions. If they don’t behave, the members will take action against any council member during the annual general meeting,” said Mr Kurauka.

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