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JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI, 23RD FEB 2018-The law society of Kenya has a new president.Allen Gichuhi has been elected as the new chair taking over from Isaac Okero who has been the president for the last two years.
Gichuhi emerged the winner after garnering 2,675 votes against his rival James Mwamu’s 2,145 in the vote that took place on Thursday.Harriette Chiggai was elected Vice President in the highly competitive polls conducted by IEBC.
This was the second time that Gichuhi and Mwamu ran for the post.
Mwamu, who is a Kisumu-based lawyer and former East Africa Law Society chairman got 1,378 votes then, beating Gichui by only seven.
During his campaigns, Gichui outlined the Arbitration Center and problems young lawyers face at the Kenya School of Law as immediate issues that he will fix.
While congratulating him, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchuma Murkomen termed his victory impressive.
Murkomen, a lawyer who is also the Senate Majority leader, wrote on Twitter: “I wish you God’s grace as you serve us and the country.”
To Mwamu, he wrote: “You fought the good fight. You are a gentleman. You will live to fight another day. LSK is a Family, let’s move forward together as we should.”
Lawyer Nelson Havi was locked out of the race as he had not practised for 15 years as LSK laws state.