Law society of Kenya has issued a stern warning to five people who are claimed to be masquerading as lawyers in Malindi.
The Chairman of the Society Eric Mutua said they have received names of five notorious people in the area from members of public and lawyers noting that their days are numbered.
He said such people will not be tolerated since they have been damaging reputation of the Law firm fraternity by being involved in corruption deals.
“We have report of five people who have been purporting to be lawyers transacting for land and defending clients in court but they are not registered with the Law society of Kenya.
These are the cartels in the corruption issue and we warn them if they are caught now the law will take its course,” he noted with concern.
Addressing journalists in Malindi on Friday Mutua stated that all registered lawyers working in Malindi will have to be identified by the court to avoid allowing in quarks who pose as lawyers.
He said such people have conned members of public of their money adding that such thing should not be allowed again to happen.
“We want Malindi court to have names of all recognized lawyers so that those who come in purporting to be lawyers can be arrested and charged in the court of law,” he asserted.
Mutua who was accompanied by national LSK council inspected Malindi old court before they moved to the new court which is being constructed urging government to find alternative places for prisoners instead of Malindi cells which he noted are in bad conditions.
He said that the old court rooms and prisoners cells were in deplorable conditions noting that there is a need for the new court to be immediately completed.
“Why has the new court taken that long to be completed? Although they have promised the court will be ready by March next year but the construction has taken too long. We want lawyers, Magistrate and Judges to work in good environment so that justice can be delivered to Kenyans. Because seriously court rooms and cells in Malindi are in bad conditions,” he said.
Though the new court is expected to be ready by March next year Mutua went further to add that there is a need for the government to look for an alternative place for the cells and courts as well.
He said court cells, court rooms and registrar among others at Malindi law court were in bad conditions that needed to be looked at by the government if at all justice is to be delivered appropriately to Kenyans.
Mutua said they had toured Malindi to meet their members, urging them to cooperate with judges and Magistrate in the area in making sure justice is delivered to Kenyans in this republic .
“We are here today to meet our local LSK branch members and Magistrates. What we are saying is cooperation between the two people, bench and bar is paramount so that Kenyans can get Justice appropriately,” he noted.
However, Mutua said that there is a need for the government to post the newly employed judges in some areas of Kenya to reduce the issue of backlog cases in our courts.
“We understand there are 160 judges who were employed by the government. We want them to be posted in different areas of the country to reduce issues of backlog cases,” he noted.
Malindi Chief Magistrate Lilian Mtende said that they are planning to hire a place where prisoners can be staying before the new court is complete.
She expressed the need for Law society of Kenya and the court to be educating prisoners and locals at large because most of them don’t know anything about the law.
"We want LSK to cooperate with Malindi court so that prisoners who are in jail and remand can be informed of the law and constitution because most of them are illiterate,” she said.
Mtende said the area is one which has illiterate people and low level of education expressing the need of thorough sensitization to the locals.
The LSK council also visit Mombasa and met other local members before going back to Nairobi.
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