Lawyers call off plan to boycott court sessions

Irene Githinji and Sophie Njoka @PeopleDailyKe

Lawyers have suspended their planned court boycott of what they termed as violation of rights and disobedience of court orders by State and Public Officers. The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Isaac Okero, however, said other components of the Yellow Ribbon Campaign will continue as planned.

Wearing the yellow ribbon is a symbol of protest over disobedience of court orders and will continue until they see respect for the rule of law restored. The week-long boycott was to commence yesterday.

“Further to the communication of Friday regarding the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, upon consultations it has been decided that the campaign shall proceed with all components save for the court boycott which stands postponed for now to facilitate better preparation,” he said.

Okero had earlier said lawyers would boycott all court proceedings to protest the disregard of court orders. He had also said lawyers would keep off the courtroom except in election petitions proceedings, which are subject to strict timelines.

The boycott was to commence yesterday and run through to February 16. In Mombasa, a section of lawyers joined other LSK members in protesting against the disobedience of court orders by state officials.

Mombasa LSK chairman Matthew Nyabena said lawyers drawn from the region will be donning the yellow ribbon to ensure that top government officials respect the rule of law. “We are in solidarity with our colleagues nationwide and want to defend our Constitution by showing the executive that impunity will not be tolerated in this country,” he said.

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