‘Mwenda can never be a lawyer in Kenya’ – Otiende Amollo

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On Sat, 14 Oct, 2023 15:07 | 2 mins read
'Mwenda can never be a lawyer in Kenya' - Otiende Amollo
Photo collage of Otiende Amollo and Brian Mwenda. PHOTOS/(@OtiendeAmollo, LSK)X

Rarieda Member of Parliament (MP) and Lawyer Otiende Amollo has weighed in on Brian Mwenda's case.

Mwenda sparked debate after the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) flagged him for representing clients in Kenyan courts without the prerequisite qualifications.

Through its president Eric Theuri, the law body informed the public that Mwenda is not an advocate nor registered by the LSK.

Theuri added that Mwenda had duped clients by using another lawyer's identity.

In his response to the saga, Amollo affirmed that Mwenda would never be admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya despite the support and encouragement he receives.

This, according to him, is because the young man has already 'infiltrated' his name on account of impersonation.

"#Fakeadvocate; my sympathies go to Mr. Brian Mwenda. He may get all the social media support, and encouragements from bro atwoli & hon sonko, sadly, he can never be admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, on account of prior impersonation. Labda ajaribu ug ama tz," Amollo wrote.

The lawyer's remarks followed after former Nairobi governor Mike Sonko pledged to sponsor Mwenda to study law at the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

"I will bail out this comrade and sponsor him aende KSL kama Hana doo. This man has been masquerading as an advocate. He never went to any law school and KSL," he stated.

Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli also expressed his support for Mwenda noting that he should be granted an opportunity to work as a lawyer owing to his exemplary performance.

"The case of Brian Njagi raises critical questions about the accessibility and inclusivity of professions in Kenya. If, indeed, it's true that Brian has been practising law and successfully representing clients in legal matters, we strongly advocate for a fair and transparent examination to test his knowledge, skills, and competencies in the field of law," Atwoli said.

"I know of many great engineers, accountants, teachers, IT experts, cybersecurity experts, social workers, creatives, footballers, farmers, immigrants, plumbers, carpenters, and paramedics who are specialists in their areas of interest yet without any paper to show their qualifications. While some of them persevere the pains of being in a classroom to be taught what they already know, the majority don’t and thus end up being discriminated against," he added.

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