Vice President William Ruto, who is linked to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), unveiled 50 young lawyers to defend him and the party’s agenda.
Dubbed the âUDA Lawyers Brigade,â the team led by UDA Legal Secretary Edward Muriu spoke to the media on Monday, December 20.
Lawyers have been tasked with upholding the rule of law and safeguarding the Constitution, which has been a major challenge during the reign of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto.
President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) greets his deputy William Ruto (right) during the Jamhuri Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi on Sunday, December 12, 2021
âThis is a group of about 50 lawyers who subscribe to the bottom-up business model under the leadership of William Samoei Ruto and have offered their services to the Hustler party and movement.
âYouth empowerment is a key pillar of the bottom-up economic model and as a party it is our duty and responsibility to bring young lawyers together, to expose them to potential clients, to give them stimulating assignments, to supervise them so that they are brave soldiers fighting for democracy and the rule of law for the benefit of all the crooks of the republic â, detailed Muiru.
Their first missions will be to protect the common mwananchi against the state.
One of the main issues in dispute is the debate centered on the approval of the 2021 Political Parties (Amendment) Bill by Members of Parliament, which will pave the way for the formation of coalitions ahead of the 2022 general election. .
The bill, which is sponsored by majority leader Amos Kimunya, is reportedly supported by President Kenyatta and his handshake partner and leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), Raila Odinga.
“He seeks to replace a political party with a coalition of political parties,” says the bill.
The allies of the UDA have questioned the timing behind the bill, the second reading of which will take place on December 21 and 22. Raila unveiled the Azimio la Umoja coalition movement on Friday December 10 and has the support of a number of local parties.
Ruto opposed forming a coalition and has always urged those who want to jump on the UDA bandwagon to fold their parties. The DP called the coalition parties tribal. However, his critics argued that joining a party such as the UDA was dictatorial and a violation of multi-party politics in Kenya.
The group of 50 lawyers are also expected to conduct pro bono cases, reviewing criminal justice, tax law and labor law cases brought before allied UDA politicians.
Since his fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ruto has consistently asserted that independent bodies such as the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the judiciary, the Agency assets and recovery (Agency) used to thwart his ambitions.
He added that his allies were also caught in the middle of the feud and were targets of the state.
Among the young lawyers are UDA General Secretary Veronica Maina and Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi.
Havi, who aspires to run for Westlands parliamentary seat as part of the UDA, was instrumental in fighting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) led by President Kenyatta and Raila.
“The BBI bill which was an attempt to dismember the Constitution has met with resistance,” Havi recalled during a speech to the media on Monday, December 20 after the UDA exposed the 50 lawyers.
LSK President Nelson Havi speaking to a reporter.
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