I'm not in contempt of court, says LSK boss

Thursday March 28 2013

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga (centre) and Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua (left) pose with a group of 45 lawyers who were admitted to the advocate's roll January 23, 2013 at the Supreme Court. Mr Mutua has denied being in contempt of the Supreme Court March 28, 2013. FILE

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga (centre) and Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua (left) pose with a group of 45 lawyers who were admitted to the advocate's roll January 23, 2013 at the Supreme Court. Mr Mutua has denied being in contempt of the Supreme Court March 28, 2013. FILE  

By PETER LEFTIE

The Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua has denied being in contempt of the Supreme Court.

Speaking after being summoned to appear before the Supreme Court to answer to contempt charges, Mr Mutua pleaded his innocence saying he has not commented on the on going petition challenging the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the president-elect.

“I have just watched the Supreme Court say that it will issue summons for me to appear before it regarding some remarks attributed to me in today’s newspapers. I have no problem with that but I do not think I said anything which is in contempt of the court. What I said does not amount to discussing the merits of the petition,” Mr Mutua said.     

Supreme Court president Willy Mutunga issued the summons during Thursday’s session saying that the LSK boss had breached the court’s rules by commenting on the presidential petition.

He directed that the court’s registrar summons Mr Mutua to appear before it at a time and venue to be determined by the Supreme Court.