EACC statement on raid conducted at Senior Counsel John Khaminwa's offices

Dr Khaminwa's offices were raided on Saturday

Veteran lawyer, Senior Counsel Dr John Khaminwa

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has issued a statement on the raid conducted at Senior Counsel Dr John Khaminwa's offices on Saturday.

A brief statement released on Sunday absolved the anti-corruption body of any part in the onslaught against the veteran lawyer.

According to EACC, media reports which mentioned the Commission were unsubstantiated.

"EACC wishes to notify the public that it did not conduct any operation yesterday and media reports suggesting that EACC visited the offices of John Khaminwa Senior Counsel are unfounded," the statement from EACC clarified.

The statement comes after Dr Khaminwa himself admitted that the contingent which showed up at his offices were not law enforcement officers but impostors.

Dr Khaminwa stated that two men claiming to be EACC sleuths invaded his offices on Saturday, just a day after his submissions at the Court of Appeal.

The lawyer had represented Kituo Cha Sheria and the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in their applications against the Building Bridges Initiative referendum Bill.

According to the 84-year-old lawyer, the two men did not seem to have any particular agenda at his offices when they stopped by on Saturday afternoon.

Claiming that they had been sent to intimidate him, the lawyer asked the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to intervene.

The lawyer requested additional security for the lawyers who are representing any client against the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi also weighed in on the matter suggesting that police may have been involved in the raid.

"We want to believe the weird Saturday visit by the police to the offices of Dr John Khaminwa has nothing to do with submissions made him before the Court of Appeal yesterday. The vestiges of KANU, now in power, should know that we will fight back, ferociously and firmly," he stated.

The President does not have clean hands - Khaminwa

In a cutting closing speech at the Court of Appeal on Friday, Dr Khaminwa accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of mischief in filing the petition to overturn a High Court ruling which nullified BBI.

Dr Khaminwa reminded the judges that President Kenyatta has repeatedly ignored court orders asking them to use the opportunity to teach the President why it is essential to respect the courts.

"When you come to the court you must come with clean hands, my lords, the President has not come to this court with clean hands at all and I'm humbly urging that you borrow a leaf from South Africa, from India and Pakistan and say to him, 'No. We shall not hear you.' The orders that were made by the Court of Appeal must stand. He has deliberately refused to swear in judges and it is my humble submission that when you are coming to court you cannot despise a judge and at the same time appear before the judge and expect the judge to give you orders at all," he stated.

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