Lawyer Allen Waiyaki Gichuhi elected LSK president

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Hallyghan Agade

Gichuhi garnered 2,675 votes

Lawyer Allen Gichuhi is the the new Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President after he beat his main rival, James Mwamu.

Gichuhi garnered 2,675 votes while Mwamu got  2,145. He takes over from Isaac Okero who has been steering LSK for the past two years.

The polls conducted by the Electoral Commission officials at 28 court buildings countrywide were boycotted by a group of young radical lawyers over claims gof discrimination.

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28 court buildings across the country were used as poling centres

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The vice-president’s contest attracted two main candidates, Chiggai Harriet and Joy Masinde.

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This was the third attempt for Mwamu at the presidency, having run and lost to former LSK President Kenneth Akide in 2010 and again lost to Isaac Okero in 2016.

It was the second attempt for Gichuhi.

Most younger advocates boycotted the polls claiming that the 15 years experience imposed on candidates seeking the presidency and vice presidency of LSK is discriminatory.

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Nairobi advocate, Nelson Havi unsuccessfully challenged the decision to bar him from contesting the LSK Presidency.

Former nominated MP Judith Sijeny, who was also eyeing the president’s position, also withdrew.

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