LSK’s lost clout and a look at the days when lawyers led from the front

From left: Dr John Kaminwa, Martha Karua and GBM Kariuki at a function. Mr Kariuki was one of the firebrand leaders of LSK in its heyday. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Only a handful of the candidates had recognisable names, while, as in the past few years, there was little public enthusiasm
  • The lawyers’ body, together with the national Council of Churches of Kenya and the Catholic Church constituted the functional opposition to the excesses of the single-party regime.

Two weeks ago, I surprised a friend when I firmly declined his offer of a drink because I wanted to be at home in time to watch a televised debate by candidates for the post of president of the Law Society of Kenya. As I made to go, my friend asked with a tinge of contempt, “LSK elections? What is the big deal about them? Who cares?’

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