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Quick Appointment Of Former LSK CEO Mercy Wambua To A State Agency Raises Queries



Mercy Wambua.

The appointment of Ex- Law Society of Kenya Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Wambua to the Commission on Administrative Justice (Ombudsman) has left many with questions with the swiftness that it occurred.

Wambua reportedly took the oath of office as CEO/secretary in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Martha Koome on Thursday afternoon, March 3, 2022.

The former CEO is succeeding Leonard Ngaluma who left after serving at that capacity for a decade.

Critics are questioning how Ms Wambua was so lucky that she landed the government job within weeks of exiting the former job? Her colleagues in the profession are said to whisper that the controversial figure, who survived every effort to eject her at the helm of the lobby, may have been favoured to get the job.

Her enemies claim that the quick hiring was a reward for allegedly having held brief for certain powerful interests in the professional outfit.  Her critics are asking when her current job’s vacancy was advertised as required?

She previously served as the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) chief executive, after succeeding Apollo Mboya five years ago in 2016.

Ms. Wambua was kicked out of LSK following her differences with former LSK President Nelson Havi, and was, however, reinstated by the High Court in November last year.

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Nelson Havi was never in the good books with the state and openly criticized. He was arrested in July 21 over assault allegations against Ms Wambua.

Mr Havi as allied to the Deputy President William Ruto who has been in crossroads with the President in the recent past. Havi is vying for Westlands MP seat on UDA, a party affiliated with the DP.

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