Senior Counsel Prof. Ojienda cleared by the Law Society of Kenya for Judicial Service Commission Face off

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has cleared Senior Counel Prof. Tom Ojienda to seek re-election for a powerful Judicial Service Commission (JSC) seat after a bitter and protracted dispute with the taxman. Prof Ojienda will now face off with the former chairman of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority Macharia Njeru, Mr. Alex Gatundu, Mr. Gathii Irungu, and Mr. Charles Mongare.

On February 11, LSK said it will announce the election date after it consults with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the agency authorized to conduct the poll.


Tom Ojienda

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) had earlier refused to issue Mr. Ojienda with tax clearance, a decision the lawyer told the High Court was calculated to sabotage his bid to be voted as the lawyer’s male representative in JSC.

But KRA claimed that the lawyer owes Sh443.6 million tax arrears upon High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany’s directive last December for KRA to issue Mr. Ojienda with the clearance certificate or in the alternative, LSK to accept his nomination papers without the tax certificate, the taxman appealed the ruling.

Court of Appeal Judges Martha Koome, Anne Murgor, and Sankale ole Kantai stated in their unanimous ruling that KRA “has satisfied the principles upon which an application of this nature is granted”.

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