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Nelson Havi responds to Martha Koome’s demands

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has responded to the Chief Justice nominee Martha Koome’s ultimutum after he claimed that she is not fit to serve as the Chief Justice of Kenya.

Koome had issued a statement demanding an apology from the LSK Chairman of what she termed as content aimed at tarnishing her name.

Havi on Monday, May 3, 2021 stated that he would not issue an apology to the Chief Justice nominee.

“I need not say more on the question as to whether the reputation of Justice Koome has been lowered in the minds of right-thinking members of the Kenyan society in particular: commissioners of JSC, judges, judicial officers and advocates.

“It’s unfortunate that after praising the almighty for her rise to the Pinnacle of the legal profession, she appears to be starting on a wrong note. You will be a threat to free speech and democracy if you persist on this course,” Havi stated.

Previously, LSK had disputed Koome’s ability to serve as the country’s chief justice. LSK questioned Koome’s past cases alleging that she was unable to act independently without favoritism and without proper motives.

Some of the mentioned cases include; the National Cereals and Produce Board versus Erad Suppliers and General Contractors Limited, the unprecedented night ruling of the  Court of Appeal on October 25, 2017.

Havi accused Koome for not being transparent or accountable as a judge.

“She is determined to ensure that no one questions her conduct even before her nomination is approved by the national assembly,” Havi stated.

Koome is set to make history as the first female chief justice after she was nominated by the Judicial Service Commission for the position after a two weeks extensive interview process.

She is set to be vetted by MPs on Thursday, May 13 after President Uhuru Kenyatta submitted her name for vetting and approval.

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Written by Kennedy Omondi

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