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LSK Irate Over Legal Services Being Excluded From Critical and Essential Services

Government sanctioned a dusk to Dawn curfew in a bid to suppress the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Through a televised address to the nation, President Uhuru Kenyatta said the directive will have effect beginning Friday March 27, only those offering services deemed essential and critical being exempted.

Among the services and the providers not to be affected by the curfew include medical services, pharmacies and drug stores, supermarkets and minimarkets, fire brigade and emergency response services, food dealers and licensed security firms among others.

Legal services missing in the list has rattled the Law Society of Kenya hinting they might seek the help of the Judiciary in seeking explanation as to why their services are not recognized at this time.

“Exclusion of legal services in GoK’s enumeration of critical and essential services prejudices employers and employees in the sector. The rule of law will also be compromised,” Nelson Havi, newly elected LSK President.

Mr. Havi says lack of recognition of services by law practitioners tends to undermine the rule of law and in turn the course of justice.

“Law Society of kenya has raised this concern with the Judiciary. We will revert with a solution shortly,” Havi adds.

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