DPP issues directive to police IG Koome over Brian Mwenda as Otiende Amollo admits the ‘Fake’ lawyer will never be an advocate.
Rarieda member of parliament Otiende Amollo has said Mwenda had killed his career by faking his legal standing to be identified among the fully-fledged attorneys.
The Senior Counsel observed that on account of impersonating a legitimate lawyer, the supposed quack dented his standing, and would never again be admitted to the bar of the Kenyan High Court advocates even if he acquired the proper credentials.
“My sympathies go to Mr Brian Mwenda. He may get all the social media support and encouragement from Bro Atwoli and Hon Sonko, but sadly, he can never be admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, on account of prior impersonation. Else he tries the same in Uganda or Tanzania,” said Amollo.
This comes after COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli had defended Brian Mwenda, saying he is brainy.
Atwoli, in a Statement on the X platform, said Mwenda’s case was a representation of hundreds of Kenyans who are skilled, but because of a lack of academic papers, have not had an opportunity to serve the nation in an area of their specialization.
Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Ingonga has directed the Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome to expedite investigations into Brian Mwenda.
In a statement dated Saturday, the DPP explained that his office will review the files submitted after investigations are completed, with the view to prosecute the suspect.
Ingonga maintained that his office would carry out an independent review of the case after receiving the file from the police.
Further, the DPP also directed the IG to investigate other individuals who were impersonating lawyers.
He explained that the legal profession was critical in the country, and Kenyans depend on lawyers for advice and representation in court.
“Impersonators threaten not only the legal practice but the larger access to justice. Indeed, they pose a serious threat to the practice of law and are likely to have committed various offences under the laws of Kenya,” the DPP added.