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LSK takes AG war to parliament

19 May 2014, 12:04

Nairobi - The Law Society of Kenya LSK has taken its petition to have Attorney General Githu Muigai removed from office to the National Assembly.

LSK chair Eric Mutua had promised stern action on Muigai, who has been accused by many of negligence and inability to fight the Anglo Leasing cases which have led to Kenya being forced to pay KES 1.4 billion to two overseas companies over jobs that were never completed.

In a petition dated May 19, 2014, the LSK has asked parliament to aptly declare Muigai unfit to be in office over his conduct or lack of in the ongoing scandal.

" Your humble petitioner pray that Parliament looks into this petition and be satisfied that it discloses reasonable grounds to advise the President of the Republic of Kenya to remove the Attorney General from Office, it read in part.

The LSK Saturday, asked that Muigai resign from his position over the handling of the KES 1.4 billion case the government lost to two European firms, termed the Anglo Leasing scandal.

" The Attorney General appears to have withdrawn instructions in December 2013 from the foreign advocates and his office unprocedurally took over the conduct of the case on 20th December 2013.

" Further, the Solicitor General Njee Muturi represented the country before the London Court without a license to practice in England and Wales.

" Effectively, the Kenya Government did not have legal representation in the suit and the proceedings are a nullity, he said.

But in a rejoinder, a furious AG termed the comments unprofessional and unethical and called on the LSK to first look at their own selves before asking others to resign.

" The introduction of petty and irresponsible politics in weighty national matters is totally unbecoming of the Council of the Law Society of Kenya,” he said in a statement.

" In the circumstances the conduct of the council is highly unethical, unprofessional, irresponsible and actuated by malice.

He also added that he will seek legal advice and opinion over the matter and will consider suing the LSK if the barage continued.

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