Details of how the Anti-BBI team of lawyers argued their case during the BBI appeal case

The hearing of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill appeal case came to an end on Friday, July 2, 2021 after three days of hearing where some of Kenya’s best advocates who represented the Anti-BBI Bill brigade argued their cases.

On Thursday, July 2, 2021, Nark-Kenya party leader Martha Karua argued that the respondents had not been given ample time to argue out their case.

In her argument, Karua claimed that they had gone to the Court of Appeal as respondents and not as a friend of the court, one who assists the court by providing information or advice in matters of law and fact.

The former Justice Minister blamed those who had dragged them in court for questioning their presence in court and making accusations against them.  

“We are sitting here expecting to get our time and a lot of allegations have been made against amici. We have put in all our effort as respondents,” Karua stated.

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi in his part challenged an argument that the president initiated Constitutional reforms as a private citizen, and not as a State officer.

“He cannot make a direct appeal to the people and join them in petitioning Parliament,” Havi stated.

On the last day of the hearing, renowned advocate John Khaminwa accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of unconstitutionally attempting to amend the constitution. 

Khaminwa urged the court to turn its face against the head of state. He stated that the president had on a number of occasions disrespected the courts.

“When you come to the court you must come with clean hands, the president has not come to this court with clean hands at all,” Khaminwa argued. 

He also stated that the current politicians were selfish individuals who were looking for a political office.

Court of Appeal President Daniel Musinga stated that the court would issue a judgement on August 20, 2021.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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