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Kenya/Canada: Why Miguna Miguna has sued government

September 5, 2018

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Former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna at a past event. He has sued the government. (Photo/nation.co.ke)

Former Nairobi gubernatorial aspirant Miguna Miguna has sued the government for compensation over the damage police allegedly did to his property in Nairobi’s Runda estate during his arrest in February.


Miguna wants the government to foot the bills he used to repair his Runda house in Nairobi after it was allegedly destroyed by police.

According to Miguna, police officers destroyed his property during his arrest in February over his role in the swearing in of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as the People’s President.

Through his lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike, Miguna claims that he used Sh250,000 to repair his house and wants immediate compensation.

The controversial lawyer now wants the government to pay him Sh274,000.

“We have filed the case in court and we will push the government to foot the costs my client used to repair his damaged house,” the lawyer told journalists at Milimani Law courts on Tuesday.

The lawyer said that the case is just among the many that he (Miguna) has filed against the Jubilee government.

Miguna was violently deported to Canada in April for the second time in a row over his role in Raila’s swearing in.

The controversial lawyer has however announced that he will be returning home after September 4.







Kenya: LSK Condemns Assassination Attempt on Lawyer Charles Kanjama

September 4, 2018

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) on Monday condemned a planned assassination of one its members, Lawyer Charles Kanjama.

The body released a statement following revelations in local news sites stating that the lawyer was also targetted by hitman David Mwai who shot former Garissa CEC IdrissMukhtar – being that the latter was his client.

According to the Standard, Ksh400,000 was recovered from suspects linked to Mukhtar’s shooting.

Further investigations revealed that the amount recovered was part of Ksh2.4 Million that was to be paid for the murder of Idriss and Kanjama.

Investigators privy to the case disclosed the hitman had carried out a reconnaissance visit to the lawyer’s office before carrying out the hit.

“They met twice and the lawyer even gave them his business card and agreed they would return. He did not know the day they would return was meant to be to kill or harm him,” an investigator was quoted by the publication.

Following the chilling details, LSK noted with concern the rising number of reported cases of harassment, threats and endangerment of its members in the course of their lawful duties.

“Advocate Kanjama who is also the chairperson of the Nairobi Branch was reliably informed by the police investigator the matter that he is a target for elimination by certain criminals because of providing legal services to his client Mr Idriss Muktar,” LSK President Allen Gichuhi stated.

Gichuhi went further and explained that the unlawful plot was an attempt to silence persons interested in pursuing justice and to defeat constitutional rights to legal representation by an advocate of personal choice as well as other rights guaranteed under the constitution.










Kenya/Canada: I’ll Be Back To Kenya After September 4, Miguna Miguna

August 23, 2018

Controversial lawyer turned politician Miguna Miguna has announced that he’ll be back in the country after September 4 after spending three months in Canada.

In a tweet, Miguna attributed his troubles to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa leader Raila Odinga.

“For the cowards with low self-esteem celebrating the fact that  and destroyed my valid Kenyan passport and my house, abducted, detained and tortured me before forcefully removing me, mark this in permanent ink: I am coming back after September 4th,” tweeted Miguna.

Miguna’s troubles began when he controversially swore in Raila Odinga on January 31 after a hotly contested Presidential election which was nullified by the Supreme Court. Later, a repeat election was held in which the NASA coalition bolted out citing plot by Jubilee and IEBC to rig the polls.

Things turned from bad to worse when Uhuru and Raila reconciled in the famous handshake deal, seemingly leaving Miguna to his own. He was left with a choice to either follow the new unity pact or continue championing the Nasa dream. Miguna chose the latter, which saw him thrown out of the country twice on grounds that he was not a bona fide Kenyan citizen.

Miguna was deported to Canada on May 29 despite a court order directing the government to release him from detention at Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi.

Miguna was taken out of Kenya via a Dubai-bound EK722 flight. Before being deported, Miguna said that he was harassed, drugged and dragged to a Dubai-bound flight. He was later on arrival at Dubai admitted in a Dubai hospital after travelling in an unconscious state to Dubai.










On September 3 and 4, 2018 from 9am, my advocates, led by Dr. Khaminwa and @waikwawanyoike will be seeking JUSTICE on my behalf and FINAL ORDERS against the Despots at the High Court, Milimani. You are free to attend. Re-Tweet, share and shame tyranny. #BringMigunaBack

(Dr. Miguna Miguna Facebook, 25/8/18)

Kenya: Poison tests hold key into lawyer’s alleged murder probe

August 22, 2018

Steven Kariuki Mburu died at a guest house in Loitokitok but Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko claims he was murdered to cover theft of Sh58 million county cash. [Photo: Standard]

The grieving family of lawyer Steven Kariuki Mburu were busy finalising his burial plans on August 2 when a video clip circulating on social media shook them to the core.

The footage showed Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko alleging that Mr Mburu, who had been found dead in a guest house in Oloitokitok on July 27, had been murdered to cover up the theft of Sh58 million by former county officials.

The news was startling because a post-mortem had not revealed any evidence of foul play, leading Mburu’s relatives to accept his death with heavy hearts. In fact, according to family members, the lawyer had a history of high blood pressure and other health issues.

But with speculation rife that Mburu did not die from heart failure, additional toxicology tests were ordered to either offer irrefutable proof or put the claims to bed.

And with a family member now claiming that Mburu’s phone, which went missing, keeps being switched on and off, a lot rests on those lab results.






Kenya: Lawyer Moses Musau Mutanda Arrested

August 19, 2018

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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*
*LSK, President*

(Law Society of Kenya Facebook, 19/8/18)



Kenya: Court acquits suspects charged alongside Willie Kimani’s client

June 29, 2018

A man holds a sign with the photos of slain human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri during a protest at Freedom Corner in Nairobi, July 4, 2016. /PATRICK VIDIJA

Three suspects who had been charged alongside the boda boda rider in the case concerning lawyer Willie Kimani have been freed by a Mavoko court.

Josphat Mwenda, the slain International Justice Mission (IJM) client, had been charged together with Samuel Mogaka Ondicho, Josephat Kibagendi Mogaka and Jotham Waswa.

They were accused of having narcotic drugs, gambling and resisting arrest.

The court ruled on Friday that they had no case to answer.

Magistrate Linus Kassan said the prosecution did not prove that the three found with drugs and resisted arrest.

Mwenda, IJM lawyer Kimani and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri were kidnapped on June 23, 2016 when the case was mentioned.

Their mutilated bodies were found eight days later, stashed in gunny bags in a river in Ol-Donyo Sabuk, Machakos County.

AP officers Fredrick Leliman, Leonard Maina, Stephen Chebulet, Silvia Wanjiku and informer Peter Ngugi are on trial for the killings which sparked outrage across the country.

Before he was murdered, Mwenda told the court that he was shot in the hand by Leliman, taken to hospital, held in custody for a week and later dragged to court where more charges were preferred against him.


Kenya: IJM holds Willie Kimani’s 2nd memorial in Dandora

June 23, 2018


A memorial event to celebrate the lives of lawyer Willie Kimani and two others will be held today (Saturday) at Dandora Community Justice Centre.

This is going to be their second anniversary since the human rights lawyer was murdered alongside his client Josephat Mwenda and taxi driver Joseph Muiruri in June 2016.

Organised by International Justice Mission, the event will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm at Dandora phase 2 social Hall.

Kimani worked at IJM.

“Giving victims of extrajudicial killings a voice #Machoziyajana. Two years later we still remember the sacrifice they made in fighting against police impunity and holding the police to account,” IJM said via Twitter on Saturday.

Since their murder in 2016, 38 witnesses have testified in court and eight more are expected to testify when the case resumes on October 1, 2018.

Four police officers and a civilian are in custody after they were charged with their murder.

Kimani, Muiruri and Mwenda were abducted while leaving Mavoko Law courts on June 23, 2016.

Their bodies were found dumped in Ol Donyo Sabuk river on July 1, 2016.





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Two years ago, our hearts broke as we learned of the kidnapping and murder of our beloved friends — staff member, Willie Kimani, IJM client, Josephat Mwenda, and taxi driver, Joseph Muiruri. This tragedy sparked a national and global outcry for justice and an end to police abuse of power in Kenya.

And today, Kenya is listening.

Since the trial, we’ve seen five accused persons in custody, and 38 witnesses have testified. As we remember these heroes, we are encouraged that there is hope for justice and truth to shine through the darkness. #JusticeInKenya #MachoziYaJana

(International Justice Mission Facebook, 23/6/18)