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Kisumu police pursuing rogue advocate – Weekly Citizen

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Police in Kisumu are pursuing a lawyer based in the town following a report made against him by an Irish priest who allegedly engaged his services but claims the lawyer disappeared soon after being paid.
Kisumu Central Police Station commanding officer Henry Simiyu has confirmed that the police had received the report from the Irish citizen identified as Rory Bracken, adding that they have launched a manhunt against the lawyer identified as Stephen Kopot.
Police were also holding a clerk working in the lawyer’s office in Kisumu whom they accused of being his accomplice.
The OCS said they were also looking for the advocate for another case reported by another woman who claimed she paid the lawyer Sh63,000 to represent her in court but he allegedly failed to appear and disappeared in the thin air.
“He has since gone into hiding and we have visited his home but he wasn’t there. We will track and arrest him,” the OCS vowed.
The police said they have reliable information that the lawyer had also failed to renew his practicing certificate for the last three years but continues to take up cases and represent clients in court illegally.
The OCS said this was according to information provided by the Law Society of Kenya to the Irish citizen who had written to the society to find out whether the advocate had been struck off the roll of advocates.
Trouble began for the Irish national on February 5 this year when he was arrested by immigration officers in Kisumu and later charged in court for allegedly being in the country illegally and working without a work permit, charges which he vehemently denied.
He would later be released on a Sh50,000 cash bail after being remanded at the Kodiaga prisons for 23 days because of the offence.

Gichuhi, the LSK chair.

It is this court case that the foreigner claims he decided to engage the lawyer whom he allegedly paid Sh40,000 to represent him.
“I met the lawyer through a friend who introduced me to him. I immediately paid him the agreed sum of Sh40,000 in cash to take up the matter, he soon disappeared without appearing in court as per the agreement and ignored my calls and wouldn’t respond to text messages from me,” said Rory.
Rory claimed that after the high court advocate failed to pick his calls for several days, he got increasingly frustrated and decided to report him to the police.
On Thursday last week, the Irishman also wrote to LSK, inquiring through e-mail about the status of the lawyer in regard to whether he was duly registered to practice law.
In one of the e-mail responses from a lady identified as Lillian Muriuki of LSK, seen by this writer, the law society confirmed that Kopot had not taken out his practicing certificate for three years and was therefore not allowed to practice law.
“From our records, he is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, however he has not taken out practicing certificate since 2016. He therefore is not authorised to practice law,” read part of the email from LSK official.
The email sent on Friday last week was a response to Rory’s earlier email which he wrote to LSK on Thursday last week about the advocate.
Only recently, Weekly Citizen stumbled on him on phone and the advocate confirmed that he was aware the police had raided his home but denied he had been officially summoned by the officers over any complaints lodged against him.
“They have not summoned me as required and I cannot just walk into a police station anyhow,” said Kopot.
He also admitted that he had received the said sum money from the foreign priest but claimed it was payment meant to cater for the advice he gave to him on immigration rules.
“The Flying Squad officers were at my home today (Saturday) but they did not find me. I’m not in hiding,” he stated.
Kopot who at one time, Siaya governor Cornel Rasanga’s lawyer also confirmed he had not renewed his practice certificate for this year only but defended this by adding that it was normal.
He was however at pains to explain why he was taking up cases from clients while he had not renewed his certificate.
A lawyer based in Kisumu said an appeal could be filed against the verdict of all the matters for which he was on record as advocate and the clients could suffer loss.
When asked about the other woman whom the OCS said had also made a report with the police against him, the lawyer demanded to know the identity of the complainant first to be able to comment.
His case came up in court again on April 3 for hearing where it was ruled that he has a case to answer.
The Irishman has meanwhile, blamed certain forces behind his predicament.
He says some priests in Kisumu are not happy with his ministry in the lakeside town.
Bracken has reported to the police about text messages sent to him by several people.



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Raila mints millions out of legislative meeting in Kisumu – Weekly Citizen

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Opposition chief Raila Odinga is laughing all the way to the bank after raking millions of shillings through the family prestigious hotel that play host to annual legislative meeting that brought about 4,000 delegates in Kisumu.

Grand Royal Swiss Hotel General manager Shanawaz Basheer conquered that the summit was a booster to them adding t the facility was 100 percent booked days before the kickoff of the event.

This was the first time the annual summit was held outside Mombasa after delegates resolved to rotate it in the spirit of devolution.

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The over 4,000 delegates who included county assembly speakers, senators and ward representatives from the 47 regional governments attended the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday conspicuously absent at the opening of the 4th Annual Legislative Summit.

He along with his deputy William Ruto and AU envoy Raila Odinga were expected to grace the occasion but none of them showed up.

 



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Pressure on Uhuru to extend Mwathethe tenure as KDF boss – Weekly Citizen

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is under pressure to extend the office term of the outgoing Chief of Defense Forces General Samson Mwathethe as another group close to him demands for an immediate replacement of the KDG boss whose term expires today.

Mwathethe

Those who are opposing extension of Mwathethe’s term into the office for another one year has already identify Mwathethe’s deputy Robert Kibochi as the next perfect successor.

Mwathethe took over in April 17th, 2016 from Julius Karanga who retired after 40 years in service.

Following push and pull between powerful faces in the statehouse President Uhuru has been left torn between extending Mwathethe’s term, or replace him immediately after the end of his four year term as stipulated in the infamous Tonje Rules.

Former Chief of General Staff Daudi Tonje during his reign formulated a rule that the Chief of Defense Forces be held in a four-year rotational basis among the three disciplines that makes Kenya Defense Forces.

President Kenyatta congratulats Lt. General Kibochi on his appointment as the new Kenya Army Commander

 

President Kenyatta congratulated Lt. General Kibochi on his appointment as the new Kenya Army Commander



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Why Uhuru has gone into hiding? – Weekly Citizen

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President Uhuru Kenyatta sneaked back into the country from Mauritius two days ago and retreated to a hide out to fine-tune a major government reorganisation that will see corrupt official sent packing, we can now report.

Sources revealed that the President opted to jet back into the country announced, even without the knowledge of his Deputy William Ruto.

The last time Kenyans heard of the President is four days ago when he addressed Mauritius investors accompanied by the country’s Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

Uhuru left for Mauritius on April 9 and upon arrival paid a courtesy call on the Acting President of Mauritius Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory at State House, Le Reduit.

He was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma (Foreign Affairs) and Prof George Magoha (Education) among other senior government officials.

On a state visit to Port Louis, President Uhuru Kenyatta convinced the Mauritian government to lift the ban on avocados and other produce from Kenya.

On Monday, queries were raised after the President skipped the fourth annual Legislative Summit in Kisumu.

He was expected to give a keynote address, award national honours to county assembly speakers and launch the global champion for youth agenda.

The Head of State was scheduled to open the event at 10am. Nobody represented or read his speech.

More than 4,000 delegates attended the summit that brought together senators, MCAs from the 47 county assemblies and partners at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel from April 15 to 18.

Kisumu residents expected the President to address the progress of devolution, the handshake, development and his fight against corruption.

Three weeks ago, the President’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were suddenly deactivated shortly after he posted a tweet on corruption.

Speaking on the deactivation, Chief of Staff Office of The President, Nzioka Waitu said the President’s accounts had temporarily suspended and necessary remedial measures were being undertaken.

“On account of unauthorised access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta. All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” the Chief of Staff said.

 

 

 



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