Embattled Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has remained defiant that he shall not bow down to pressure from members he said do not have the mandate to oust him from office.
On Monday, a section of the council members purged their president in what appears to be an escalation in the troubled legal body.
Havi took to his social media account to rebuke the eight council members who suspended him from office citing that they do not have powers.
“I will continue to serve the Law Society of Kenya. The eight suspended Council Members do not have the power to suspend President Nelson Havi,” he said.
He went on: “That is a preserve of Members in a General Meeting. The ‘suspension’ is a nullity ab initio intended to conceal the theft of Society’s money. I continue to serve till the end of term on 24.3.2022.”
The council members Faith Odhiambo, Bernhard Ng’etich, George Omwansa, Carolyne Mutheu, Ndinda Kinyili, Aluso Ingati, Riziki Emukule and Beth Michoma, and were last month suspended from office during the society’s special general meeting on January 18.
The High Court, however, quashed their suspension.
The Frontier Post has established that majority of the council had sent a formal invitation to all members, but Havi, Esther Ang’awa, Carolyne Kamende and Herine Kabita did not attend.
The council members are citing among other things as grounds for removal to include Havi’s style of unilateral in managing society by countermanding the decision of the majority council members and imposing his own.
The eight also cited Havi’s ‘mishandling’ of the SGM where the motion about their removal was hurriedly passed.
They cited last year’s stand-off surrounding the tenure of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Wambua in which the majority voted to retain her, but Havi and the three members allied to him voted for her removal.
Havi was suspended from office until March 27, when he will defend himself at AGM ahead of vote to decide his fate.