Cyprian Nyakundi Exposes Controversial Law Firm Representing Governor Sakaja

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By Edward Genesis

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Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi has once again made headlines by exposing a law firm that is representing Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja in legal proceedings against him.

Nyakundi, known for his outspoken critiques of public figures, has alleged that the law firm “Okatch and Partners Advocates” has a tainted reputation and is unfit to represent the governor.

The revelations come amidst a defamation lawsuit filed by Sakaja against Nyakundi, who has accused the governor of corruption and mismanagement of public funds.

According to Nyakundi, the law firm’s partners have been implicated in various scandals, including fraudulent activities linked to the notorious scammer Hushpuppi, whose real name is Ramon Abbas.

Nyakundi’s revelations have sparked controversy and raised serious ethical questions about the law firm’s involvement in high-profile cases.

According to Nyakundi, the firm’s association with individuals wanted by international law enforcement for financial crimes undermines its credibility and calls into question its ability to serve the public interest.

Governor Sakaja has yet to respond to Nyakundi’s claims or the controversy surrounding his legal representation.

The case has drawn widespread attention and criticism, with many questioning the governor’s choice of legal representation in light of the serious allegations against the law firm.

Legal experts and public opinion have called for transparency and accountability in Sakaja’s legal proceedings, emphasizing the importance of integrity in the justice system.

The situation has highlighted the complexities and challenges of navigating legal ethics in cases involving public officials and controversial figures like Nyakundi.

The Anti-Money Laundering and Combating of Terrorism Financing (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which became effective on March 15, 2024, extended the reporting obligations to include law firms as reporting entities.

Financial institutions are currently required to maintain records of cash transactions exceeding Sh1.5 million and alert the Financial Reporting Centre (FRC) of any suspicious transactions. The FRC is responsible for identifying and combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

“Under the FATF regime, lawyers are now required to file financial transactions with the FRC from March 15, 2024. We are implementing a strong legal regime to fix the gaps in the anti-money laundering law. We are tightening the law on money laundering and proliferation of tourism financing,” Saitoti Ole Maika, the FRC director-general said.

Section 2(c) and section 14(b) of the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act designate advocates and their employees, which include accountants, clerks, and cleaners, as reporting agents of the FRC.

There is no single ‘wash wash” activity that is happening without a lawyer being involved. Big lawyers in town are engaged in this multi-billion schemes.

As the story continues to develop, there are growing calls for an investigation into the law firm’s practices and its role in representing Governor Sakaja. The public and legal community await further details and developments, hoping for clarity and justice in this unfolding controversy.

According to Blogger Nyakundi, he has instructed his battery of Lawyers to write to the FBI, and tag the USA Embassy Kenya and Interpol on how the matter was concluded.

Nyakundi has also instructed his lawyers to write to the Kenya Judicial Service Commision inquring why, and how the said law firm is still in service.

In consultation with my lawyer, we have written to the FBI, @USEmbassyKenya, @Kenyajudiciary, and @INTERPOL_HQ regarding ‘Okatch and Partners Advocates’. How did this matter conclude? How is a law firm implicated in international crimes allowed to continue practicing?

In 2020, The High Court quashed Section 84(d) of the Kenya Information Communication Act related to publishing obscene information on social media.

Blogger Cyprian Nyakundi had challenged the decision by the state to charge him for allegedly writing derogatory statements against Kirinyaga Governor Ann Waiguru and her Nairobi counterpart Mike Sonko.

Justice Wilfrida Okwany, in ruling Section 84(d) unconstitutional, emphasized the importance of criticism as the means through which leaders come to realize the impropriety of their actions.

For now, Nyakundi’s revelations have cast a shadow over the legal proceedings involving Governor Sakaja, underscoring the importance of scrutiny and accountability in the pursuit of justice.

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