AG Muigai slams ‘ignorant have been lawyers’ on treason


AG Muigai slams 'ignorant have been lawyers' on treason
Attorney-General Prof Githu Muigai. PHOTO/FILE

Attorney General Githu Muigai launched a scathing attack on Monday, in what he termed as a hijack of intellectual public debate by ignorant “have been” lawyers.

Prof. Muigai referred to these lawyers as “clearly ignorant self serving have been former lawyers” even as he blamed them for bringing about a deterioration on the quality of public discourse in the country.

The AG has been on the receiving end with some lawyers slamming his “high treason” interpretation of the constitution in regard to the proposed swearing in of opposition chief Raila Odinga.

Prof. Muigai did not name anyone by name but referred to one public commentator as a “so called distinguished Doctor, Professor, something,” and said another was a sitting Senator.

He however gave numerous examples of the attacks leveled at him going as far as referring to one comment from these advocates as “ignorance on stilts” in his offensive.

“One fellow said the Attorney General should never comment on criminal law as the role of criminal justice is the Director of Public Prosecutions. This is ignorance on stilts. The AG is chief legal adviser of the government, and defender of rule of law; all law, including criminal justice,” said Prof. Muigai.

The AG stated that the blame on the deteriorating quality of public debate lay on two groups of individuals: lawyer politicians and “so called public intellectuals.”

“They comment on every public issue. The more ignorant they are on the subject matter, the louder they will comment in the media and on social media websites. They never seem to keep their mouths shut on issues they have no idea about.” he said.

The AG also questioned his detractors as to their knowledge of the law.

“Some senator says there is nothing like treason law, that it is colonial law. This is a man sitting in the Senate? The essence of the law of treason is to protect constitutional order, a lawyer who says they’ve practiced for forty years and there’s no law to protect the Constitution from illegitimate overthrow belongs in another forum.”

Prof. Muigai, who was speaking during the launch of a government initiative toward legal aid, launched this offensive and aimed it as advice to law students who had attended the ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.

“You young people must call out these legal dinosaurs and help the public to appreciate what the law really is. Kenyans do not have to be treated to the diatribes of this mostly mischievous, uninformed, have beens,” he said.

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