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‘People ask why I sought company of questionable characters to run for MP’ – Havi

Sunday, May 22nd, 2022 16:58 | By
Nelson Havi. PHOTO/Courtesy

Lawyer Nelson Havi has revealed that a number of people have been asking him why he sought the company of questionable characters to run for Westlands Constituency seat.

In a tweet on Sunday, May 22, 2022, Havi said that he met two ladies who were not shy to question his choice of political party and allies, most of whom have integrity issues.

The former Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president is running for the seat on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party, led by Deputy President William Ruto and Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, who are both facing integrity questions.

"The two ladies, late 20s and a gentleman my age were delighted to see me. They had many questions why, I, “a straight man sought the company of questionable characters to run for MP of Westlands.” It is Mwikali who asked. Caroline was unapologetic that I should have gone to ODM(Orange Democratic Party)," Havi tweeted.

Ruto, who owns Weston Hotel, was accused of grabbing Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) land, on which he built the hotel. According to evidence presented before the National Land Commission in 2020, the property had been set aside by the Directorate of Civil Aviation (now KCAA) for the construction of its headquarters.

Gachagua, who is Ruto's running mate for the August polls, is facing charges of graft and money laundering which entail tenders worth Ksh12 billion given to his companies between 2013 and 2017. 

Initially, Havi had joined Musalia Mudavadi's Amani National Congress (ANC) party but ditched ANC in November 2021 to join UDA.

A day after joining UDA, Havi said that he cannot represent anyone opposed to Ruto or his UDA party in a court of law.

In an interview with a local television, Havi said there are many lawyers who can represent anyone who has a problem with the second-in-command or the UDA party at large.

“I cannot represent anyone with a problem with DP Ruto because I am already a UDA member and his general, however, there are many lawyers out there who can represent anyone who has problems with the DP or UDA,” Havi said.

Havi will be squaring it out with the incumbent Tim Wanyonyi, who is seeking to retain the seat using ODM ticket.

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