Friday July 5, 2019 - Deputy President William Ruto now wants two lawyers who are allies of ODM leader, Raila Odinga, out of an ongoing case involving his Weston Hotel.
Lawyers Otiende Amollo and James Orengo are representing the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) in a case where the authority wants the Weston Hotel demolished and its land returned.
This is after the hotel was found to be illegally constructed on KCAA land by the National Land Commission (NLC), with KCAA rejecting negotiation suggestions by the NLC.
Through his lawyer, Ahmednassir Abdullahi, the DP wants the two barred from representing KCAA on grounds that they are acting with malicious intentions and ulterior motives.
According to Ahmednasir, Orengo, the Siaya Senator and Senate Minority Leader, cannot be part of the case, due to his position in the legislative arm of Government.
“I will be filing an application seeking to have the applicant’s lawyers withdraw from the case.”
“The issue to be determined will be whether members of an arm of Government can represent parties.”
“He is a Leader of the Minority and is expressly prohibited by the Constitution,” Ahmednassir said.
Amollo, on the other hand, is the MP for Rarieda, and both were elected to office on the ODM party.
In response, Orengo laughed at the threat saying that many such applications have been filed against him but they have always been futile.
“As to the application my learned friends wants to file, many have been filed against me without success,” he said.
The Kenyan DAILY POST