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Law Society elects new President in closely contested election

Lawyer Eric Theuri has been elected the new president of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Eric Theuri elected president of the Law Society of Kenya

Eric Theuri was declared the 50th LSK President after vote counting ended on Thursday evening March 10, 2022.

He will serve in the position for the next two years, replacing Nelson Havi who left the office to focus on his political ambition.

All glory to God. Thanks my worthy competitors for a race well ran and conceding defeat. We forge forward,” the lawyer celebrated his win.

On his part, Havi congratulated his successor and pledged his support in a Twitter post.

My friend Theuri Eric Njeru, the weight of public office will for two years weigh heavily on your shoulders as the 50th President of LSK. Unlike my predecessor, I will let you work and support you should you require my counsel. May you succeed where I failed and improve on what I did," said Havi.

Theuri won with a vote count of 1,811 while his closest competitor Carolyne Kamende garnered 1,085 votes.

Faith Odhiambo was elected vice president after garnering 1734 votes who beat Ajwang Debra by 406 votes.

Ms Jacquiline Ingutiah was elected the LSK female representative to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

Only 5,083 lawyers voted out of 12,544 voters, indicating a low turnout in the election.

Theuri is the immediate former Nairobi LSK Branch chairperson, and his two-year stint has endeared him to Nairobi advocates, who make up the vast majority of the voter registration.

The first objective for the new council will be to pick a new CEO to replace Mercy Wambua, who was appointed as CEO of the Commission on Administrative Justice (Office of the Ombudsman).

Chief Justice Koome congratulated Wambua, saying her courage in the legal sector was evidence that the commission was in safe hands and commended her for fighting for her rights.

"Congratulations Ms Wambua for your appointment as CEO of the Commission on Administrative Justice. I commend you for proving that rights can be fought for. Your bravery in the legal sector is commendable. I’m confident that the commission is in safe hands," CJ Koome said.

Wambua who succeeded Apollo Mboya as LSK chief executive in 2016 now takes over from the commissions's founding chief executive Leonard Ngaluma who served for two five-year terms.

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