Issue Qureshi's certificate so Mwilu case can begin

Queens`s Counsel Khawar Qureshi at Milimani court on Thursday, December 6. He was hired by DPP Noordin Haji specifically to lead the prosecution of deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu`s corruption case. /COLLINS KWEYU
Queens`s Counsel Khawar Qureshi at Milimani court on Thursday, December 6. He was hired by DPP Noordin Haji specifically to lead the prosecution of deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu`s corruption case. /COLLINS KWEYU

On Thursday lawyers for Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu objected strongly to British QC Khawar Qureshi leading the team for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

James Orengo, Okongo Omogeni and Nelson Havi argued that Qureshi was not qualified to practice in Kenya.

But Attorney General Paul Kihara has written that the DPP can appoint a Commonwealth prosecutor, Qureshi's appointment has been gazetted, he has paid his registration fee to the Judiciary and been given a receipt. The court just needs to issue his practicing certificate which should be a formality.

These are classic delaying tactics employed in Kenyan courts to postpone the day of judgement.

Possibly Kenyan lawyers want a closed shop that makes it difficult for an expert from the Commonwealth

to come in for special cases. Possibly the defence fears Qureshi's ability in court. Possibly the legal fraternity is closing ranks to protect its own.

But the defence should challenge the prosecution case in court rather than dodging the battle on technicalities.

Let Qureshi and his team argue matters out with Mwilu's team. Let the court decide whether the DPP's case against the DCJ has merit. The court should issue Qureshi with his practicing certificate immediately.

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