LSK announces new appointments

Friday, July 30th, 2021 11:10 |
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi during an appearance at the Court. Photo/PD/CHARLES MATHAI

Law Society of Kenya has made new appointments in three dockets in the institution.

LSK boss Nelson Havi announced the appointments today.

Josephat Mutunga was appointed as Secretary of Council and CEO.

Juliette Akoth Jakaila will be the new Director Compliance and Ethics/Deputy Secretary of Council and CEO and Veronicah Achieng' was appointed as Director Practice and Standards.

The three were among the applicants shortlisted for the interview which was conducted on Friday, July 23 at the LSK headquarters located at Gitanga Road, Nairobi.

Prior to this, Havi suffered a setback after the Employment and Labour Relations court halted the recruitment of Deputy Secretary of LSK in charge of Compliance and Ethics Directorate.

Justice Maureen Onyango issued the temporary orders pending the hearing of a petition filed by Florence Wairimu Muturi who currently holds the said position.

“The application is certified as urgent and fixed for inter partes hearing on Tuesday 27th July 2021. In the meantime, there shall be a stay of the decision inviting applications for the position of Director of Compliance pending inters partes hearing of the application,” ruled the Judge.

Muturi sued Havi, his Deputy Caroline Kamende Daudi and nine other persons acting as caretakers of the council after she was summarily dismissed for alleged gross misconduct.

She was dismissed on grounds that she failed to abide by oral and email instructions given by Havi and other members of LSK who are ostensible sitting as a caretaker council of LSK.

She claims that on July 12, Havi illegally and summarily dismissed her from her position without any notice for her to show cause why disciplinary action should not have been taken against her.

Muturi further said that Havi did not make any reference to LSK CEO Mercy Wambua who is her immediate supervisor and that he did not seek concurrence from the Council of LSK before dismissing her.

“The First respondent (Havi) then proceeded to advertise my position the following day at a local newspaper in complete disregard of the fact that I am employed by the Council of LSK and there was no resolution of the council to terminate my services and advertise the same,” she said.

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