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Former Kenya Poll boss Issack Hassan in trouble over law firm

Published on July 8, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chair Issack Hassan is in trouble over transactions worth millions of shillings allegedly carried out on behalf of a law firm he had sold.

Hassan risks facing a tribunal within the Law Society of Kenya over the matter if he fails to settle it with the new owners of Ibrahim, Isaak and Company Advocates, a law firm he once owned.
The former chair’s tribulations started when he was appointed to head the electoral body.

He resigned from his law firm and was, as a result, not allowed to transact any business on behalf of the firm from March 10, 2010. Temporary orders Hassan and Supreme Court Judge Mohamed Ibrahim are said to have resigned from the firm upon an agreed premium, which has long been paid in full by Fred Athuok.

This left lawyers Athuok and Sospeter Njoroge as partners until 2013 when the latter went to practice under the name Njoroge & Katisya Advocates.

In an affidavit filed at the High Court by LSK’s disciplinary tribunal’s secretary Mary Wambua, the tribunal ordered parties to report whether they have resolved the matter on October 1.
If they are unable to do so, the respondent (LSK) shall proceed and determine the complaint,” read the affidavit.

On Tuesday, High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany declined to issue temporary orders suspending the tribunal’s decision but allowed Hassan to amend his application and serve all the other parties within seven days.

She ordered that the case in which Hassan is fighting to stop his plea taking before the tribunal be mentioned on September 26.

Athuok filed a complaint before the tribunal on August 26, 2013, claiming that Hassan was meddling in the firm’s affairs and had refused to resign as a mandatory signatory to some of the firm’s bank accounts.

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