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Lawyers condemn death threats issued to Nelson Havi

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By Vincent Kejitan | June 11th 2020

The Law Society of Kenya North Rift Branch on Thursday issued a strongly-worded statement condemning threats to the life of LSK President Nelson Havi.

Through a letter signed by Joshua Kiprotich (Chairman- North-rift Branch), the lawyers stated that all Kenyans have a right to express dissatisfaction in how the government runs its operations.

“Our concern is also drawn to the threats to the life of the President of LSK, Nelson Havi, over his statement calling for the observance of the rule of law, justice and respect for the constitution.

“All Kenyans have a right to express dissatisfaction in the manner in which the government runs its operations. This is a right guaranteed by our constitution,” said Kiprotich.

The leadership of the North-rift branch also put pressure on President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint the 11 judges of the Court of Appeal and 30 judges of the High Court to ease pressure on Kenyans with pending cases.

They also stated that the strain in their region is felt more since only two judges serve three counties.

Some of the issues they raised had been highlighted by CJ David Maraga earlier this week and attracted the attention of Attorney General Kihara Kariuki.

While addressing the press, Kihara said some of the sentiments made by the CJ create a perception that he is seeking to influence case outcomes.

"The Chief Justice is openly commenting on merits and demerits of cases. It creates a perception that he is seeking to influence cases outcomes.

“The CJ may have breached contempt of court by discussing matters in court in media brief. The people of Kenya deserve effective leadership that prioritizes service over self. The executive is willing to work with all arms of the Government,” said Kihara.

The AG also said that the CJ would have sort more appropriate avenues of addressing the President and not playing to the public gallery.

“The public attacks by the Chief Justice have now taken a personal slur. We shall respond to him directly with respect to issues which are not subject to ongoing cases.

“The Executive will not discuss cases before the court," he said.

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