Muite wants court to dismiss DPP’s bid to bar him from fertilizer case


Muite wants court to dismiss DPP's bid to bar him from fertilizer case
Lawyer Paul Muite during a past court appearance. PHOTO | COURTESY

In Summary

  • This comes after the DPP, through State Prosecutor Victor Owiti, last month said Muite had represented KEBS in other disputes and was therefore privy to confidential information and witness statement.
  • According to Mr. Owiti, this was likely to interfere with the criminal case thus the need for the Senior Counsel to be recused from the matter.

Senior Counsel Paul Muite on Monday asked the court to dismiss an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) seeking to bar him from representing a businessman accused of importing fertilizer alleged to contain mercury.

This comes after the DPP, through State Prosecutor Victor Owiti, last month said Muite had represented the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) in other disputes and was therefore privy to confidential information and witness statement.

According to Mr. Owiti, this was likely to interfere with the criminal case, thus the need for the lawyer to be recused from the matter.

Muite, however, vehemently denied these allegations saying he has never been on the KEBS retainer.

“I am not and have never been on KEBS list of long or short term retained counsels. No annexures have been placed in court to show the alleged retainer agreement between KEBS and me,” argued Muite.

The matter will be heard on Monday next week.

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