Thursday June 11, 2020 – The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has issued a statement strongly condemning threats to the life of the society’s President, Nelson Havi.

This is after Havi received death threats for backing the Judiciary in an ongoing spat with the Executive, with Havi announcing a plan to petition the Senate and National Assembly to impeach President Uhuru Kenyatta.

North Rift Branch Chairman, Joshua Maritim, called on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to urgently look into the matter and take action on those culpable.

He maintained that the right of all Kenyans to voice their discontent with the Government and its activities was protected by the Constitution.

“Our concern is also drawn to threats to the life of the President of the Law Society of Kenya, Nelson Havi, over his statement calling for the observance of the rule of law, justice and respect for the Constitution.”

“We wish to condemn in the strongest terms possible those who have made threats to the life of Mr Havi, the President of the Law Society of Kenya.”

“The threat to life and freedom of expression is a cowardly act and belongs to the dark ages and it does not have a place in a civilized society.”

“I call upon the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to commence investigations into these threats and those culpable be brought to book,” the statement read in part.

Maraga had decried the delay in the appointment of Judges stating that it will only result in greater delays for cases pending in courts across the country.

He disclosed that the backlog in many courts was only adding a burden on Kenyans’ shoulders, further offering the situation in North Rift for perspective.

“The situation is dire in the Court of Appeal with only about 15 judges currently sitting to preside over cases, with a backlog of about 7,000 appeal cases pending before this court.” 

“The strain is felt even more in North Rift where 2 judges of the Environment and Land court serve 3 Counties.”

“Counties such as Elgeyo Marakwet and Nandi have no High Court stations and all their cases in the High Court are brought to Eldoret,” Maritim noted.


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