Goons storm  LSK offices  disrupt meeting as Havi, Wambua teams clash

Goons storm LSK offices disrupt meeting as Havi, Wambua teams clash

BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH AUG,2021-A gang of about 7 men invaded Law society of Kenya offices on Tuesday evening disrupting an ongoing meeting .It is believed that the meeting had been organized by the faction which is opposed to the leadership style of current president Nelson Havi.

The incident adds to already messy situation at the society which in recent days has made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Power politics at the helm of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is getting messier by the day.

Earlier on in the day there was a scuffle when armed police men allegedly stormed the offices. Armed police officers, two wrangling factions, break-ins and a bitter exchange of words have played out at the LSK offices in Gitanga Road, Nairobi in the last three weeks.

Power politics at the helm of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) is getting messier by the day.

Havi, whose main contention was police interference in the law body internal affairs, claimed that four members who were expelled from the Society had reported to work, despite orders stopping them.

In a video seen doing round on social media, the LSK President said they wrote a letter to the Muthangari Police Station OCS asking him not to allow the expelled staff access the offices. But on Tuesday morning, Havi claimed that officers from another station showed up, blocking access at the main entrance and did not immediately give reasons for their presence at the facility.

“When we hold our meetings here, police officers come and cause chaos. What is their intention? I don’t know why the government always wants to send officers,” he said.

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Another member of the Pro-Havi group is heard asking the police: “This is a private property. Did you have a court order to grant you access into a private property?”

But CEO Mercy Wambua, who earlier claimed that they were locked out of office, said after the push-and-pull between police and the Havi-led faction, the gates were opened and they were allowed to access the grounds.

“Last year, there were attempts to get me out of office but the council ruled against that. Nine out of thirteen members voted to reinstate me but this did not augur well with the LSK president.”

“This is a continuation of contempt of court orders and I have filed an application of contempt to be heard soon,” she said.

Nearly a month ago, Wambua accused Havi of assault during a meeting at their Gitanga road offices. She would then record a statement with police and requested for security to man the LSK offices.

Wambua was, on July 26, sent on compulsory leave after one hundred and eighteen members voted in favour of the motion.

She was in September last year suspended from her position over alleged gross misconduct and incompetence.

She would, however, be reinstated a month later by Council members.

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