The first post-independent Kenyan attorney general, Charles Njonjo, died of pneumonia on Sunday at the age of 101.
What angered the lawyers was CJ Koome’s laudatory speech, in which she said that the late Njonjo ” excellent “was yourself as a lawyer and was a great encouragement to other members of the Black Bar.”
“Hon. Charles Njonjo played a pivotal role in founding the Kenyan Bar Association and delivered an exceptional legal approach that focused on ethos of practice and committed statecraft. Darling. Njonjo’s role in the creation of the Kenyan Republic will be (a) evidence of the central role of the legal profession in building a just state and society, ”she wrote.
Writing history again
She added, “His legacy will also serve as an inspirational reference for judges, law enforcement officers and lawyers for basic litigation considerations to expedite access to justice. My prayer and that of the Judicial Brotherhood is that God will give His family the courage and comfort to bear the great sadness that His death has caused. May our Almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace. ”
However, according to Prof. Makau Mutua, Njonjo is“ one of the most vicious, anti-black, vengeful and anti-democratic officials in Kenya. ”
“I can – CANNOT – believe that CJ Martha Koome wrote such blatant lies about the late AG Charles Njonjo. He will go down in history as one of the most vicious, anti-black, vengeful and anti-democratic officials in Kenya. He was an important architect of a corrupt, fascist state, “he tweeted in response to CJ’s tweet.
Attorney Ahmednasir Abdullahi asked the CJ not to rewrite history.
” It is very important for the Hon CJ to be truthful about the story … ALWAYS! To put on record that Charles Njonjo “… was a great encouragement to other members of the Black Bar” is a lie … and a cheap one too! “Ahmednasir tweeted.
The exiled one Lawyer Miguna Miguna said: “We can apologize for selfish statements made by politicians. But we cannot allow you to distort Kenya’s history. You are old enough to know that Njonjo presided over the DESTRUCTION of the Constitutionally Prudential Detention , TORTURE and the destruction of justice. “