Kenya: Govt to Expedite Conflict of Interest Law as Debate Rages on MPs Practicing Law

12 December 2019

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta has instructed Attorney General Kihara Kariuki to expedite and submit the Conflict of Interest Bill to Cabinet for approval as the government moves to bar State and public officers from engaging in private practice while serving in government.

In his speech during the 56th Jamhuri Day Celebrations on Thursday, the President said once the law is enacted public and State officials including Members of Parliaments will be required to cease their professional engagement in private practice in order to take up their public or state positions.

The Head of State remarks barely days after a section of Kenyans raised concerns on cases of MPs offering legal representation to public or State officials who they ought to be over sighting.

This is after Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Senate Minority Whip Mutula Kilonzo Junior were part of Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko's high profile defense team as he seeks to fight off 357 million shillings graft claims leveled against him by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji.

Senate Minority Leader James Orengo was also among lawyers who appeared for Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu when Haji ordered her prosecution on graft allegations.

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