LSK council disowns Havi’s memorandum on Koome, Murgor & Kameri
The Law Society of Kenya council has dismissed a memorandum from their President Nelson Havi that objected nomination of Martha Koome, Philip Murgor and Kameri Mbote for the Chief Justice post.
In a damning letter to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the council accused Havi of perpetuating his personal wars saying the memorandum had not been considered and/or approved by them.
“We would like to put it on record that according to the Society’s records the three Advocates; Mr. Philip Kipchirchir Murgor SC, Prof. Kameri Annie Gathiru Patricia, SC and Hon. Lady Justice Martha Koome Karambu, Judge of the Court of Appeal are members of the Law Society of Kenya. There are no complaints of professional misconduct and neither do they have any past or pending disciplinary cases against them before the Advocates Disciplinary Committee,” the council said on Tuesday.
Council members Ndinda Kinyili, Faith Odhiambo, Aluso Ingati, Beth Michoma, Carolyne Mutheu, Bernhard Ngetich and George Omwansa were adamant that the memorandum does not reflect the position of the LSK.
They explained that on February 25, 2021, they sent out a notice through email, for members to submit comments and feedback on the shortlisted candidates for the positions of Chief Justice and Judge of Supreme Court, directly to the Judicial Service Commission.
According to them, the Council has not received and considered any complaint(s) against any of the shortlisted candidates to the positions of Chief Justice and Judge of the Supreme Court.
In his memorandum to the JSC, Havi had claimed that there was considerable doubt as to whether the three candidates — Murgor, Koome and Kameri — can serve as Chief Justice or judges of the Supreme Court.
On Philip Murgor, Havi alleged that on January 15, 2019, he was appointed as a public prosecutor for a period of two years and he took up criminal cases.
According to him, that was clear case of conflict of interest. “He would later resign complaining that he had not been given ‘adequate security,” the LSK President said.
He opined that the ‘feeling of self importance and entitlement’ punctuated Murgor’s tenure in every public office he has held meaning ‘he cannot be trusted with the office of Chief Justice.’