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MADAM PRESIDENT! - LAWYER FAITH ODHIAMBO IS THE NEW LSK PRESIDENT

Mar-19-2024

WRITTEN BY BUNDI OKEMWA : 0701009131

Lawyer Faith Mony Odhiambo is the new President-elect of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

Odhiambo clinched the seat after beating four other candidates to emerge as the winner in elections held on Thursday, February 29, 2024.

According to the results released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the outgoing Vice President of LSK won in all the polling stations at Milimani and Supreme Court, where she got 132 and 207 votes respectively. She garnered a total of 3113 votes against Peter Wanyama's 2165. Carolyne Kamende came third with 888 votes.

Odhiambo will now succeed Eric Theuri who has served as LSK president since March 2022.

She will serve for a non-renewable two-year- term.

During her campaigns, Odhiambo received a huge boost after a number of national leaders including Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna and former prime minister and ODM party leader Raila Odinga endorsed her candidature.

Faith Mony Odhiambo's triumph in the just concluded LSK elections marks a notable achievement for women in law, as she becomes the second female leader to hold such a position within the society. Her election underscores the increasing recognition of women's contributions to the legal profession and their growing representation in leadership roles.

As a seasoned legal practitioner with a wealth of experience in various aspects of law, Odhiambo brings to the table a unique blend of expertise, passion, and dedication to serving the legal community and advancing the rule of law in Kenya. Her commitment to upholding justice, defending human rights, and promoting ethical standards aligns closely with the core values of the LSK, making her a fitting choice for leadership.

In her capacity as president of the Law Society of Kenya, Odhiambo is poised to address a wide range of issues facing the legal profession and the broader society. From advocating for the independence of the judiciary and upholding the rule of law to enhancing access to justice and promoting legal education and professional development, her leadership is expected to bring.