Meet Kennedy Ogeto the lawyer representing state against High Court judges in BBI appeal
With 24 years experience as a practicing advocate of the High Court on his shoulder, Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto is not new in representing governments and President Uhuru Kenyatta in court.
A graduate of Masters in Law degree from the University of Nairobi, Ogeto holds a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Kenya School of Law earned in 1990 and a Bachelors of Law degree from the same university he earned in 1989.
Before his appointment as Solicitor General in 2018, Ogeto was the Managing Partner of the law firm of Ogetto, Otachi and Company advocates based in Nairobi.
Ogetto has considerable experience in International and Municipal Law with his law firm specializing in the former where it represented Sierra Leone and Rwanda in international courts.
Between 2013 and 2014, Ogeto was involved in the Defence Team that represented President Uhuru and other reputable defendants in the case against them at the International Criminal Court, the Hague, Netherlands.
Ogetto was also involved in the Supreme Court petition challenging the election of Uhuru as President of Kenya in 2013.
Kennedy was the Lead Defence Counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda – ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania.
He was also Co-Lead Defence Counsel at the United Nations Special Court for Sierra Leone for a former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) commander.
While being vetted for the current position, Ogeto pleasantly surprised MPs when he shared his childhood ambition with the legislators.
“I wanted to be a matatu driver because I just admired them but whenever I told my mother she would not listen to me. I would run away from school and she would take me back. The fact that she has never caned me gave me time to reflect.
The principal assistant to the Attorney General also told members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee that he wanted to abandon school altogether but his mother, a firm believer in education, advised him against the decision.