The sports category has moved to a new website.

Lawyers threaten to sue CJ Koome over new rule for presidential petitions

CJ Koome named Ahmednassir Abdullahi, Esther Ang'awa and Nelson Havi for being notorious in violating the rule

CJ Martha Koome

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has threatened to sue Chief Justice Martha Koome after she issued a gag order ahead of the 2022 presidential election and the petitions that may reach the Supreme Court thereafter.

CJ Koome introduced the new order through an amendment of Rule 18 of the Supreme Court which bars advocates from commenting on petitions filed in court.

“Upon commencement of the hearing of the petition by the court, litigants, their advocates and advocates’ agents shall refrain from expressing their opinion on merit, demerit or predict the outcome of the petition in any manner that would prejudice or impede court proceedings, until judgment is delivered,” reads the new directive by the CJ.

According to LSK President Eric Theuri, the directive by the president of the Judiciary is drastic, unjustifiable and ambiguous.

The lawyer’s body has threatened to go to court to challenge the move by the CJ noting that they were not consulted on the directive.

“She should have presented the rules to LSK and other stakeholders to look at them and make comments before they were gazetted.

"LSK was not aware of the amendments; we learned about them in the Gazette Notice,” Theuri said.

He added that the decision of the court could not be influenced by comments or conversations surrounding the matter by lawyers.

“Judges are perceived to be blind to comments made on social media because they make their rulings on the basis of the facts and evidence presented to them,” Theuri explained.

CJ Koome had pointed out former LSK President Nelson Havi, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdhullahi and Esther Ang’awa as being notorious for making comments on pending petitions through social media.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Kware bodies: 19 items DCI found in the house of prime suspect

Kware bodies: 19 items DCI found in the house of prime suspect

Gov't increases road maitenence levy despite drop in fuel prices for July-August

Gov't increases road maitenence levy despite drop in fuel prices for July-August

Volunteer retrieving bodies in Kware impresses Kenyans as Sakaja promises reward

Volunteer retrieving bodies in Kware impresses Kenyans as Sakaja promises reward

1 person shot, chaos erupt in Mukuru kwa Njenga as residents recover more bodies [Video]

1 person shot, chaos erupt in Mukuru kwa Njenga as residents recover more bodies [Video]

Safaricom postpones system maintenance & service interruptions planned for Sunday

Safaricom postpones system maintenance & service interruptions planned for Sunday

DCI reveals new details on mutilated bodies recovered in Mukuru kwa Njenga

DCI reveals new details on mutilated bodies recovered in Mukuru kwa Njenga

Bishop bars politicians from speaking at Ruto's event amid pressure from gen Z

Bishop bars politicians from speaking at Ruto's event amid pressure from gen Z

IG Douglas Kanja takes decisive action after discovery of bodies in Mukuru kwa Njenga

IG Douglas Kanja takes decisive action after discovery of bodies in Mukuru kwa Njenga

Ruto offered me a CS position this week & I declined – Azimio Principal reveals

Ruto offered me a CS position this week & I declined – Azimio Principal reveals