Lawyers elect new president
SEE ALSO :Nelson Havi is LSK’s new presidentShe is the least experienced of the candidates in terms of years of practice. But Harriette seeks to turn this weakness into a strength by positioning herself as the “individual” who can “bridge the growing divide between senior advocates and junior members of the Bar”. Earlier this year, during lawyer Miguna Miguna extradition hearings (before Judge John Mativo), a junior lawyer from the Attorney General’s office attempted to lecture Senior Counsel John Khaminwa about Section 156 of the Constitution. Applicant’s co-counsel Haroun Ndubi was not amused, and told the young upstart in no uncertain terms that “we have been reading that ‘Katiba’ long before you were born, young boy”. It is this “disrespect of elders” and “contempt of juniors” that Chiggai’s candidacy seeks to heal if she becomes LSK president. She has also sworn to champion competitive packages for LSK members, “especially the ones joining the profession”. Charles Kanjama – the Efficient Administrator The current head of the Nairobi LSK has a solid track record to run on when he says he is going for a “strong LSK”. His is an “A, B, C, D, E” outline of very specific aims, if he is elected. He says in the spirit of accountability, everything will be above board, starting with the LSK’s Gitanga Road property, to avoid money debacles as happened to the LSK South C property development plan a few years ago. He intends to open lots more new branches of the society. On Continued Professional Development, ‘Sir Charles’, as some call him, is all for mini-bar associations (not the kind found in nice hotels), training seminars, digitisation and partnerships with like-minded bodies. Dignity in LSK, Excellence and Ethics complete the rest of the ABCs for this attorney, who like the CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge, is Opus Dei, and strongly believes in discipline and a strong work ethic. Nelson ‘The Duke’ Havi – the Disruptive Revolutionary The renowned advocate with a goatee, and a lawyer’s reference point on television, comes with the vision to wake up the sleeping giant – and return LSK to its glory days of fiery advocacy under the likes of Paul Muite and Willy Mutunga. Havi believes it is time to go back to an LSK not beholden to the State.
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