Nelson Havi

DATE OF BIRTH


April 5, 1977

GENDER


Male

OCCUPATION


Lawyer

FAMILY


Married with three children

BIOGRAPHY


Education Background: Bachelor’s Degree (LLB) University of Nairobi

Mr Havi is a private legal practitioner based in Nairobi under the name Havi & Company Advocates. He was admitted to the Kenyan Bar in 2003.

He served as the 49th president of Law Society of Kenya (February 2020 to February 2022).

His leadership tenure was marked by controversies and internal fights following his various decisions such as removing the former CEO Mercy Wambua and audit of the organisations financial books. Upon his election he described himself as a “new broom” in the organisation’s affairs.

Among the prominent cases he has handled is the Constitutional Amendment Bill 2020 alias the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), where he represented a group of civil society members opposed to the amendments.

He has also acted for the exiled Canada-based Kenyan lawyer Miguna Miguna in a citizenship dispute with the government.

The advocate also represented a local daily in 2013 in a suit filed by President Uhuru Kenyatta over alleged gross abuse of the freedom of expression or the freedom of the media. At the time Mr Kenyatta was the deputy prime minister.

Some of his controversial moments in his career was his submission to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) in 2021 opposing appointment of Judge Martha Koome as the Chief Justice. He had alleged that she was not suitable for the job.

In 2022, he ran for the Westlands parliamentary seat but lost to incumbent Tim Wanyonyi

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