First of all how did our Law societies and lawyers in their work for the country, good and bad, end up with Nelson Havi as the president of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
To say it is embarrassing is an understatement.
And I am not a lawyer. So what do I know? I know everybody has a right to eat. I am fine with that.
The Law Society of Kenya which represents lawyers has produced some of the most distinguished Kenyan human rights activists and stand-out lawyers defending human and social rights in Kenya.
Dr. Willy Mutunga was elected president of the LSK in 1993.
We all know where Dr. Mutunga has stood at all times, even the hard ones, to stand up for our country.
That record speaks for itself.
After he was appointed the Chief Justice for our country on June 20, 2011, I had the privilege of being part of a very lively discussion in Nairobi.
I asked Dr. Mutunga in a public meeting at Gandhi Hall, University of Nairobi campus, how the judiciary will enforce Chapter Six of our 2010 Constitution which outlaws crooks, thieves, and those with records of harming our country from holding public office including the presidency.
Justice Ndung’u a member of the Supreme Court at the time responded to the question and she basically told me and the more than 1,000 people who were in this really good meeting that the Supreme Court will follow the law to the letter.
She was very clear about that.
But here is the question. What is the letter of the law on Chapter Six of our constitution to save the country from being run by crooks?
Some people tell me, Adongo, shut up.
Then I tell them Okay I am shut up.
Then they yell.
The people will vote the crooks out.
And that is what elections are for.
So I am going to stay calm on this.
The people will decide.
These are the other Kenyan lawyers who have led the LSK with great pride to all Kenyans.
Gibson Kamau Kuria 1999 – 2001
Raychelle Omamo 2001 -2003
Ahmednasir Abdullahi 2003-2005
Tom Adhiambo Ojienda 2005 – 2007
Okong’o Omogeni 2007 – 2010
Just distinguished lawyers and human beings representing their profession, fighting for human rights in our country. Our country appreciates that now and forever.
The country is in the same warzone.
It is familiar to the nation.
Kenya will never be scared to open new pages for the nation.
If we didn’t do that we wouldn’t be here as a country.
In reality, the Havis are completely irrelevant to our country.
Now we have the Parliament call up today.
What is the parliament going to discuss and implement?
Whatever it is how good is it for the nation and for Kenyans.
That is a big question Kenyans should be very much concerned about.
Parliament wants to change political party descriptions into alliances, coalitions etc.
As we know in our country parliament always passes “etc” laws at crucial times.
Those are called vague laws which essentially mean nothing and everything.
Maybe not so much.
Kenyans are going to vote into office a president they can trust.
I don’t know who that is going to be.
Your guess is as good as my aunt’s. And your aunt’s.
I think that is a fair competition.
Bring it up.
Adongo Ogony is a Human Rights Activist and a Writer who lives in Toronto, Canada