The CORD Petition Case: Key Players in its Legal Team
The following are the lawyers representing the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in its petition case that will be handled by the Kenyan Supreme Court on 16th March, 2013. The legal team is comprised the lead counsel George Oraro, James Aggrey Orengo, Amos Wako, Mutula Kilonzo, Ababu Namuamba as well as Professor Peter Anyang Nyongo. These are some of the top legal brains in the country. Note that George Oraro has handled the largest number of election petitions in Kenya.
This is one of the senior lawyers presenting the CORD coalition in the petition case. He is a prominent lawyer in Kenya, a former Ugenya MP, former Minister and currently the Siaya County Senator elect. He contested as a presidential candidate in the 2002 general elections. During these elections Hon. Orengo had vied on the Social Democratic Party (SDP). All the aspirants lost and Orengo received 0.04% of the votes that were cast in 2002. He lost his seat to Archbishop Stephen Ondiek. It was in 2007 that Orengo won the Ugenya Parliamentary seat.
He was born in Siaya District and was educated at Ambira Primary School as well as the great Alliance High School. He served as the president of the student body in 1974 when he was a final year student at the University of Nairobi (UON).
Amos Wako was the immediate former AG of Kenya. He served the Kenyan government as the chief Legal advisor for 20 years. He had worked under the Moi and Kibaki governments. Amos was educated at Kakamega School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University of London as well as a Bachelor of Laws from the University College of Dar-es-Saalam. He attended graduate school at the University of London.
Wako served as the Secretary General of African Bar Association between 1978 and 1980. He is a member of faculty at the University of Nairobi and between 1985-1992 he served as a committee member with the UN Human Rights.
The following are some of the milestones that Amos Wako presided over:
In December, 1992 he oversaw the transition from single party state to multi-party democracy. Later on in 2002, he presided over the change in regime when the NARC coalition won the elections.
Wako left the State Law Office on 26th August, 2011. He was succeeded in office by Professor Gitu Muigai.
This is a senior counsel, Kenyan Politician and the education minister in the Kibaki government. He once served former president Moi as a personal attorney.
Imanyara was born in 1954 and he is is a tough Human Rights lawyer and former member of Parliament for Central Imenti Constituency. In 1997 Gitobu founded the Nairobi Law Montly.
Pheroze was born in Nairobi in 1939. Currently, he is an Advocate of the the High Court of Kenya, Zanzibar and Tanzania. In addition to that, he is also a barrister on Linciln's Inn. He earn a B.A. degree from Xavier's and later attended Yale University from where he earned LLM degree in 1974.
Ababu Namwamba is the MP elect for Budalangi constituency. He is the current Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs in Kenya. He specialized in constitutional law as well as in International Human Rights. He is a great columnist with various newspapers in Kenya.
He is a chief Counsel at the Chambers of Justice. This is a foundation that he established in 2002. He head his own law practice firm called Ababu Namwamba & Co which is based in Nairobi.
He was on Hon. Henry Kosgey's defense team at the International Criminal Court (ICC). He has over 35 years of experience having started working at Oraro & Co as a partner. He graduated with a law degree from the University of Nairobi in 1975.
The legal team requires various documents to enable it to successfully argue its petition case at the supreme court of Kenya. The following are some of the documents that they will scrutinize in preparation for the legal showdown:
- Forms 34, 35 and 36.
- Voting data in the hands of Safaricom (a mobile service provide in Kenya) as well as the IEBC.
There are documents from all the 33,400 polling stations all over the country. This is a gigantic feat that will be undertaken.
From the look of events, this is going to be a titanic legal battle that will test the independence of the Supreme Court from other arms of government more especially the Executive.