By Fred Maingi

With only five days left x for The Law Society of Kenya to conduct its elections, the campaigns have reached the homestretch. Professor Michael Wabwile, is one of the four contestants vying for the position of LSK Male Representative in the Judicial Service Commission.

Professor Wabwile possesses 27 years of experience in the legal profession and is a Professor at Egerton University Law School. Previously he was a professor at the Moi University Law School for over 16 years.

In documents seen by Mt Kenya Times, he has structured his JSC election manifesto in the form of two sworn, signed and commissioned statutory declarations which he has filed at the Law Society of Kenya and the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

He explains that the approach enables the LSK members and the public to refer to a legally binding covenant to hold him accountable for fulfilling election manifesto pledges within the stipulated timelines.

He argues that every genuine candidate for elective public office should have the honesty, commitment and focus to sign their manifesto pledges in a legally binding covenant with the people.

“Candidates for elective offices have misled the voters to believe in non-binding promises contained in campaign posters which do not bear any signature or other expression of legally binding commitment. These unsigned campaign posters are like unsigned cheques and do not have the force of law,” he says.

He has formulated 8 innovative policy interventions, which, upon implementation will deliver to Kenyans a judiciary that works better. All these policies are to be introduced within specific timelines ranging from 90 days to 2 years.

One of the key pledges is to formulate and implement a new judiciary recruitment policy that would enable the JSC to attract and bring on board a rich mix of expertise, technical knowledge, experience and talent from diverse legal professional pathways including private practitioners, academics, public sector lawyers and civil society.

This is done through a policy-based quota system. His other distinctive campaign message is that his Nakuru-based law firm will not be engaging in any form of litigation work in Kenyan tribunals and courts of Law. He explains that this is necessary to avoid conflicts of interest and refrain completely from disrupting the LSK Members’ litigation food chains.

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