LSK Awards Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi, George Oraro, SC and the late Willie Kimani, Advocate21 March, 2017 10:00 AM Nairobi, kenya Sharon Kinyanjui
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has awarded High Court Judge Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi for Distinguished Service in the Administration of Justice. The Society also inducted Mr. George Oraro, SC into its Roll of Honour and also feted the late Willie Kimani, Advocate with the Fr. John Anthony Kaiser Human Rights Award. The LSK feted the High Court Judge and two Advocates (including the late Willie Kimani) during its colourful Annual Dinner & Dance at the Hilton Hotel – Nairobi. Deputy Chief Justice Lady Justice Philomena Mwilu was the Chief Guest at the event attended by High Court Judges, Magistrates and lawyers. Earlier during the day, members attended the Advocates’ Benevolent Association (ABA) and Law Society of Kenya Annual General Meeting at the same venue. The LSK President Mr. Isaac E.N Okero presented Certificates of Appreciation to 47 members in recognition of their invaluable contribution in the provision of Pro bono legal services to the Law Society of Kenya. Advocates’ Benevolent Association (ABA) Chairperson Ms. Dorcas Kitaa who read the citation for Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi said “the Judgments and Rulings of the Judicial Officer (Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi) we honor today for Distinguished Service in the Administration of Justice breathe life into the law even as they challenge and coax our thinking,” “The Judicial Officer has been bold, courageous and independent in her Judgments and Rulings. She has distinguished herself as a staunch defender of the Bill of Rights and a protector of the public in matters of conflict with individual claimants,” Ms. Kitaa read. Separately for Mr. George Oraro, SC his citation was read by Mr. Fed Ojiambo, SC who said “from the early, halting days of criminal practice, he would fight hard for the downtrodden, often escalating a matter upwards on appeal at his own expense where he felt that a salient point of law and justice required to be established,” Mr. Ojiambo said that it was no different when Mr. Oraro, SC moved increasingly into the more convoluted world of commercial litigation, and further on into the dizzying, rule infested minefield of corporate commercial mergers and acquisitions, due diligence conundrums and such other mazes. “He (Mr. Oraro, SC) would act with equal tenacity and a sense of moral indignation to rectify the wrongs he perceived in any matter in which he may be engaged. He did not feel unduly constricted by the dry, soulless provisions of statute. He looked hard behind them to the justice they are meant to engender,” Mr Ojiambo, SC said. For the late Mr. Willie Kimani, Advocate, the citation read in part “In his fight for the rights of the downtrodden in the society, he was as passionate as he was relentless. A courageous man, staunch Christian and a fighter for justice. That was the man,” “He (Kimani) was referred to by the High Court of Kenya in its recent Ruling as a “Champion for justice”, a title that matches his actions and words,” The Advocates’ Benevolent Association (ABA) also awarded eight members for their contributions to the Association..