It is no doubt the country boasts of great and incomparable legal minds.
In Kenya, the learned folks are put under the umbrella called LSK, which sums a total of fourteen thousand and more practitioners in law.
Out of the thousands, below are among the best:
10.) Martha Karua
Known for her strong and unaltered stances on critical issues regarding the nation. Ms. Karua studied law at the University of Nairobi before joining the Kenya School of Law for her statutory post-graduate law program. The no-nonsense high court advocate has also served in parliament, and also at one time being in the cabinet as the Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs.
9.) Kethi Kilonzo
Her extraction is believed to have law as a basic. Her late father Hon. Mutula Kilonzo and brother Hon. Mutula Kilonzo Jnr are emblematic of Kethi’s background. The mother of one came to the limelight in 2013 when appearing for AFRICOG who were among the petitioners against the 2013 presidential vote which had President Uhuru as the winner.
8.) Nelson Havi
He runs the Havi & Company Advocates Company which is vouched for because of its excellence as far as legal matters are concerned. Havi’s firm is one of the most dynamic firms in the country with young advocates who offer excellent comprehensive legal services.
Nelson Havi also eyes the top seat in the LSK leadership.
7.) Paul Muite
The former Kabete MP is another bigwig the law niche. He was among the frontiers in Kenya’s second liberation. Muite’s prowess in law came to life when he appeared among the lawyers opposing the Raila Petition against the presidential results in 2017. He was also feted with the Jurist of the year in 2015 courtesy of ICJ, Kenyan chapter.
6.) Kipchumba Murkomen
He doubles as a law practitioner and the Senator for Elgeiyo Marakwet County. Murkomen is lauded for aiding the negotiations for trade agreement for African countries on the African Growth and Opportunity Act. he recently helped the embattled Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko to secure a bailout. He also practiced during the 2017 presidential petition.
5.) Cliff Ombeta
Ombeta is known for the unending interset he normally takes in high profile criminal cases. The lawyer in the recent past fought allegations of not having met the threshold of fully practicing law. He ironically appears for known atrocities in major cases even when evidence act against them. The lawyer represented Migori Governor Okoth Obado during the Sharon Otieno murder case, he also appeared for the officers suspected to have maimed lawyer Willie Kimani, not forgetting the controversial preacher James Ng’ang’a. He also assumed a role in the Tob Cohen murder case, whose investigations are still ongoing.
4.) Otiende Amollo
Before getting into politics the lawyer was serving in the Office of the Ombudsman as the chair. He won the Rarieda Parliamentary seat in 2017 elections thereafter representing NASA leader Raila Odinga in a petition which he came to win against the then president-elect Uhuru Kenyatta. He was also a member of the ICJ, Kenyan section.
3.) PLO Lumumba
Not only is he a lawyer, but also a professor, and a distinguished scholar of law. he currently serves as the Director of the Kenya School of law, an institution that has had the best acts in law passing through it. He outdid himself during his stint at the defunct KACC where he tightened the belt in regards to the fight against corruption. He wowed many during his submission in the anti-presidential petition in 2017, thanks to his eloquence and use of complicated jargon.
2.) Ahmednassir Abdullahi
Also known as the Grand Mullah. He is known to use his platform on Twitter to enlighten on matters regarding the law. The unapologetic senior counsel is known as one who can’t hesitate to face his opponents with controversial allegations, which to him are facts. He, for instance, threatened to give out a list of judges he believed were bribed to compromise their rulings. He has represented President Uhuru Kenyatta in court.
1.) James Orengo
The Siaya County senator is mostly referred to as the “walking constitution” thanks to his unarguable mastering of the different provisions in the law of the land. The win in the Raila petition against the 2017 vote put an indelible mark in his career as a practitioner of law. He has represented many politicians in court winning the cases in their favor. He got to senate unopposed.
The president has however hinted on plans to effect legislation to bar political leaders from practicing law as a career. He emphasized on the need to stick to one calling.
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