MP risks going to jail for defaulting KES 1.2M attorney's fee
04 November 2014, 09:29
Bungoma - A first time MP from Bungoma County may be in trouble after a lawyer who represented him in an election petition last year moved to the high court claiming that the legislator has not paid him his legal fees to date.
Prof Nixon Sifuna, a renown lawyer in Western Kenya on Monday appeared before Judge Hellen Omondi claiming that his previous client, Dan Wanyama who is the Webuye West MP, has failed to pay him his dues totaling to KES 1.2M despite constant reminders.
Prof Sifuna claimed all his efforts to get the lawmaker have been fruitless, and demanded that the lawmaker should be given a jail term of not less than six months for not paying him.
He elicited laughter in court when he cautioned a lawyer Situma Emmanuel, who appeared for the MP in the matter, that he too risks not getting paid for the services he is offering!
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“Am asking my learned friend Situma who is representing the MP to be very very cautious, as he risks not getting paid by his client who has taken me round and round in circles for over a year,” said Prof Sifuna.
Situma on his part appealed to the high court to give his client more time to enable him raise the said amount of money and give it to the complainant as previously agreed.
Judge Hellen Omondi ruled that the matter should be brought for hearing on December 7.
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