August 19, 2018
Our attention has been drawn to the arrest of Moses Musau Mutanda Advocate by Police officers at Banana Police Station allegedly for being rude to police officers when he went to handle a matter on behalf of his Client. The Law Society of Kenya is very concerned and condemns with the strongest terms possible the increasing cases of harassment of advocates by police officers and while it is currently engaging the AG and other stakeholders on how to bring the same to an end, we urgently call on the ODPP, the IGP and IPOA to investigate the current case of un warranted harassment, arrests and incarceration of advocates. The Council is considering filling a Public Interest Litigation in light of the ongoing abuse of office by police officers including seeking personal liability against specific officers. In the meantime since we received the report of the arrest of Mutanda advocate at around *9.00pm last night* we have reached out to the relevant authorities to ensure that the matter is resolved and the advocate released. We urge all members to remain calm as we handle the matter which is indeed a threat to the independence of the legal profession.
*Allen W. Gichuhi, C.Arb*
(Law Society of Kenya Facebook, 19/8/18)