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LSK defends Murkomen, Mutula over Uhuru accusations

By Sophie Njoka
Friday, December 13th, 2019
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior (left) with Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has defended legislators who represented Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko in court saying there is no law barring them from practising.

This comes in the wake of Jamhuri Day remarks by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the trend was case of conflict of interest.

Senators Mutula Kilonzo Junior of Makueni and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen appeared in court as part of Sonko's legal team in a graft case earlier in the week.

LSK Mombasa branch chairman Matthews Nyabena said the society had no issues its members who have been elected as legislators representing whoever they felt like in a court of law.

He called on the government to challenge the same in a court of law, since matters conflict of interest was not well defined by the Constitution.

“A lawyer can choose whoever he wants to represent, it is a decision which has not been established in the Constitution and as such the only remaining option for the government is to challenge such decisions whenever leaders takes up their roles as professionals in a court of law,” he said.

He was reacting to President Kenyatta's utterances on Thursday during the 56th Jamhuri Day celebrations at Nyayo National Stadium where he accused the duo of conflict of interest for representing Sonko in the Sh357 million graft case. 

The President said  State and public officers were trustees of the people with a constitutional, statutory and moral duty to administer public affairs and resources.