In an interesting move that could spark further divisions within the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), the President revoked the previous appointment of Dorothy Jemator, supported by LSC CEO Mercy Wambua, and appointed Mr. Kimuli, who is supported by LSK was proposed to President Nelson Havi.
Mr. Kimuli was sworn in before the Supreme Court immediately on Friday morning.
According to a statement from the Kenya Gazette on May 27, President Kenyatta revoked the appointment of Ms. Kimuli Jemator and appointed Mr. Kimuli as a member of the IEBC Selection Board, which has already started work.
“In exercising the powers conferred in paragraph 1 (1) of the first appendix to the 2011 IEBC Act , I, President Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander of the Kenyan Defense Forces, appoints Morris Kimuli as a member of the Selection Board for the selection of candidates for the IEBC. The appointment of Kimengech Dorothy Jemator will be revoked, “the statement reads.
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In responding to his appointment, Mr. Kimuli said he was aware that the process leading up to his appointment had mixed reactions from Parts of the LSK, but promised to serve with diligence, integrity and firmness.
“When I take this office, I have neither friend nor foe. I am very humble to have the special honor of representing my colleagues in this critical national mission, and I hope and pray that our joint work as a body honors God and upholds the positive aspirations of our people, ”he wrote on his Facebook page / p>
Last year, Mr. Kimuli was among the three attorneys assaulted and forcibly evicted from the Kitui County Assembly premises while representing Governor Charity Ngilu in an impeachment process.
The attorneys, who left to respond to subpoenas that required Governor Ngilu to appear before the meeting were roughened and thrown out by nurses en route to Spokesman George Ndotto’s office.
Appointment changes will come weeks after the start of the Panels are working and the names of 699 applicants for the jobs are published.
It is assumed that the selection process has not yet been completed nd the names will be published on Monday.
President Kenyatta to appoint April 26th Ms. Jemator sat along with five others on the selection committee to approve the positions of four commissioners the agency.
The others were Dr. Elizabeth Muli, Gideon Solonka, Elizabeth Meyo, Rev. Joseph Ngumbi and Dr. Faradim Abdalla.
The appointment of Ms. Jemator was vehemently rejected by a team led by Mr. Havi, which uncovered the deeply rooted struggles at the LSK.
Mr. Havi had the name The appointment passed by Mr Kimuli to the President, but the rival faction refused to take the move, accusing him of acting unilaterally and disregarding society’s rules that require a competitive process.
The LSK President passed however, that Mr. Kimuli will represent the LSK on the IEBC panel.
“She has two government appointments. The government cannot impose a representative on society, “said Havi.
The two state agencies are the HIV and Energy and Petroleum Courts.
” Ms. Dorothy Jemator should continue to serve Jubilee and ODM parties and the Kenyan government before the Energy and Petroleum Tribunal; the HIV AIDS Tribunal; and the BBI Steering Committee. A civil servant cannot act as the LSK’s agent on the selection board, ”he added.
However, the company’s CEO, Mercy Wambua, claimed that the council did the right thing in advocating the selection rules by Ms Jemator.
Ms Wambua alleged that Mr Havi was out to muddle the water so that society could miss the panel “because he is certain the challenge could end in court” .
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Hundreds of applicants
The parallel nominations embodied the infighting and ongoing arguments that have recently shaken the once powerful and influential advocate lobby.
Last year the Council suspended Mr Havi, but he has the suspension as the work of some renegades Done.
Mr. Kimuli is now joining the selection panel one month after its establishment.
The team chaired by Mr. Muli has already published the names of 669 applicants who are interested in positions.
This includes politicians, former MPs, human rights defenders, former and current members of constitutional commissions, and university lecturers.
Some of the big names on the list include the former Gem MP Joe Donde, former Nyamira Senator, Kennedy Mong’are, former NCIC commissioners Gitile Naituli and Milly Lwanga, and NGO veteran Justus Nyang’awa