Bring it on – Havi Tells CJ Nominee Koome Over Defamation Suit Threat

havi, sifuna
LSK President Nelson Havi. [Courtesy]

Law Society of Kenya (LSK) president Nelson Havi has declined to apologize or withdraw a memoranda sent to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Chief Justice nominee Martha Koome.

In response to Koome’s demand letter, Havi said his comments about the Court of Appeal judge were made in public interest.

“I need not say more on the question as to whether the reputation of Justice Koome has been lowered in the minds of right-thinking members of the Kenyan society in particular: commissioners of JSC, judges, judicial officers and advocates,” Havi said.

“It’s unfortunate that after praising the almighty for her rise to the Pinnacle of the legal profession, she appears to be starting on a wrong note. You will be a threat to free speech and democracy if you persist on this course.”

Read: Havi was trying to Embarrass Me – Philip Murgor tells JSC over Abuse of Office Concerns

He also accused the CJ nominee who is set to be vetted by the National Assembly of not being transparent.

“She is determined to ensure that no one questions her conduct even before her nomination is approved by the national assembly,” stated Havi.

Koome has threatened to sue the LSK president of defamation for “embarrassment, ridicule, and odium” arising from the JSC memoranda.

She also accused Havi of trying to deny the “Chief Justice nominee an opportunity to advance her career as a judge and jurist, and forever tarnish and ruin her good reputation.”

Read Also: JSC Nominates Martha Koome As Kenya’s Next Chief Justice

“Since the writing and publication of these offensive words, our client has been shunned, avoided and treated with contempt and suspicion by her peers in the legal fraternity as well as in the Judiciary, not to mention her friends and family members,” the demand letter read.

“She is constantly required to explain herself against these baseless and malicious allegations, and she has incurred losses, damages, expenses, charges and costs.”

Through her lawyers, Koome demanded that Havi retracts and withdraws the memorandum within seven days by writing to the JSC and the LSK.

She also demanded that Havi apologizes within seven days by writing to her and copying both the LSK and the JSC.

Email your news TIPS to or WhatsApp +254708677607. You can also find us on Telegram through

Written by Eva Nyambura

Content creator at | Passionate about telling the untold story. Lover of life, music and technology. Simplicity is KEY


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

KRA, Francis Nyabuto

KRA Softens Stance on Dormant Tax Payers

Mount Kenya University

Win For MKU As Court Vacates 2011 Ruling In Ksh511 Million Dispute