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Julie Soweto: Former James Orengo Prodigy Upsetting Veterans at Supreme Court

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On the first day of the Supreme Court hearing of the Presidential petition on Wednesday, August 31, Julie Soweto, an advocate of the High Court, took the stage and gave powerful submissions that forced some veteran lawyers to fact-check their claims.

Soweto’s presentation temporarily disrupted the Court’s proceedings after she made reference to an affidavit filed by Commissioner Irene Masit – attracting the attention of Senior Counsels Githu Muigai and Paul Muite.

A clash between the two lawyers saw Chief Justice Martha Koome intervene as she directed Soweto, a member of Raila Odinga’s legal team, to identify the document she was making reference to in her submissions.

“That issue can be put to rest very simply. The affidavit I refer to by Irene Masit is drawn and filed by MS Ouma J and Associates Advocates. I believe that each of the commissioners had the right to and did appoint their own advocates in response to the petition,” Soweto put the matter to rest capturing the attention of the entire nation.

Through her impeccable and concise delivery, it is easier to understand why her career has constantly been on an upward trajectory.

In 2017, she was among a flurry group of female lawyers who left a mark at the Supreme Court during yet another Presidential election petition.

At the time, she worked alongside Lawyer Harun Ndubi representing activists Njonjo Mue and Khelef Khalifa.

In this year’s petition, Soweto is working alongside James Orengo whose law firm, JAB Orengo Advocates, helped launch her into the high-octane legal industry in Nairobi.

Since joining the practice in 2003, the lawyer has risen up the ranks and now owns her own firm, Soweto & Company Advocates.

She started out as an intern at the South Africa Human Rights Commission before transitioning to the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria where she served as a researcher and tutor.

In July 2004, Soweto secured a position as a Law Clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa before she joined as an associate at JAB Orengo Advocates – a position she held for seven years until 2012 when she founded her own law firm.

Ranked among one of the finest female lawyers in the country, Soweto holds an LLB from the University of Nairobi and a master’s degree in law from the University of Pretoria. She is also an alumni of Kenya High School.

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Raila’s Next Course of Action ‘Revealed’

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Raila cause of action after Supreme Verdict on August 2022 presidential petition is expected to be known next week.

The Supreme Court set Monday, September 26 as the date for releasing the full verdict of the August 2022 presidential petition, initiating Raila Odinga’s plans to confront the Judiciary.

Letiza Wachira, the court’s registrar, in a notice released on Saturday, September 24, stated that the verdict will be sent through email to the petitioners, respondents, interested parties and the media.

“Take notice that the reasons for the judgment of the court will be delivered at 2:30 pm through email,” an excerpt of the notice read.

The apex court judges, led by Chief Justice Martha Koome had requested 21 days to draft the full verdict. Koome, while reading the summary on Monday, September 5, declared that the petition filed by Raila Odinga and his Azimio La Umoja running mate, Martha Karua, was hot air.

She added that lawyers representing the two opposition leaders presented forged and fake evidence in court and could not also prove that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) systems were hacked and manipulated by Venezuelan national, Jose Camargo.

Raila had asked his supporters to be patient and wait for the full verdict before announcing his next step.

The Azimio chief who was appalled by the verdict flew out of the country during the inauguration of President William Ruto. Upon his arrival back into the country, he criticised the Judiciary for the verdict.

“We can lead a one million march to the Judiciary and tell them to go home. We have a right as a people to not agree with bad rulings,” Raila stated on Thursday, September 15 after the swearing-in of Mombasa governor, Abdulswamad Sherrif Nassir.

“Shame on the Judiciary of this country. We will talk,” he added, insisting that he will shape the country’s legal and political agenda after reading the full verdict.

However, on the next day during Azimio’s parliamentary group, he listed the coalition’s next course of action. The first was saving the Judiciary which he claimed was offering itself to state capture.

Azimio would then transform IEBC to make it ready to hold a credible election and protect the legislature from offering itself to state capture.

“The Supreme Court is threatening those who petitioned the case before them. CJ Koome has also stopped Kenyans from discussing the judgement. She went to her village to defend the verdict even before they released the full judgement. She said the ruling was inspired by God, I say It was inspired by the devil.

“Her actions are clearly sycophantic, she has demeaned the dignity of the office of CJ. In less than a year, she has destroyed what her predecessors achieve in 10 years,” an irked Raila lamented.

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Fikirini Jacobs Wants Coast Leaders To ‘Unite’

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Coast youth leader in Azimio La Umoja One Kenya, Fikirini Jacobs, now says there is a need for the members of the Mijikenda community to get to know each other and even build a good relationship amongst them.

According to Fikirini, the Mijikenda community has a good number of leaders in the government but most of them are not known for they have not come out in public to speak about their origin.

Speaking in a meeting with some youth and elders, Fikirini has asked the elders to set aside a special day where the senior leaders in the government, who are also members of the local community, will gather with the youth with the aim of getting to know each other and even encouraging the youth in various leadership issues.

In addition, Fikirini has asked Kilifi county leaders of to take the issue more serious because, it will fuel development agenda in the area.

Fikirini eyed for the senatorial seat in Kilifi County before shelving his ambitions giving.

Many Kilifians thought he would be nominated as senator but that has never come to pass.

Rifts in ODM

Rifts in the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) are now taking an ugly turn as members take on each other over matters pertinent to the party.

To blurt out the happenings inside the party was Embakasi East MP Babu Owino, who decried the attempts of being shortchanged in the leadership of one of the powerful committees in the National Assembly.

The youthful lawmaker had eyed the chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which it now appears could be taken by nominated MP John Mbadi.

Babu took social media to air his frustrations, accusing the party of “betraying so many youths who sacrificed a lot and used their resources in the party over the years”.

Going for the jugular, Babu hit out at the party for rewarding others at the expense of those presumed to be young.

“ODM party, with due respect, why should John Mbadi come down from the position of Majority leader to PAC chair, which was reserved for me? This will not happen! Over my dead body…Young people must get their space. It’s now or never. He has been rewarded through nomination,” said Babu.

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