by Diana Wambui
The president of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Nelson Havi, on Tuesday showed interest in running for the Westland’s MP seat in the upcoming 2022 elections.
In a short statement via his Twitter on Monday, the 34-year-old staunch lawyer made a shift from law to politics.
“I have accepted the request of the people of Westlands constituency to serve them and the Nation in that capacity effective August 2022 or earlier if Parliament is dissolved,” said Havi.
His new inclination was brought about by the residents of Westland’s constituency, who are banking on his leadership skills. The constituency has 5 wards namely Kitisuru, Karura, Kangemi and Mountain View located in the Suburban areas of Nairobi County.
Havi went ahead to outline duties of MPs as members of National Assembly stating, “The constitution enumerates functions and duties of a member of National Assembly making laws, protecting the constitution, determining allocation of national revenue and oversight of its expenditure, reviewing conduct of state officers and oversight of state organs, infrastructural development, wealth creation and poverty alleviation at the constituency level.”
Nelson Havi vows to check on government excesses and to serve diligently leaving no stones unturned. The outspoken lawyer has had quite a tumultuous journey in the Judiciary.
The advocate was always a top performer throughout his primary and secondary education, and his father’s death during the 1992 post-election violence encouraged him to be a lawyer.
The incumbent Tim Wanyonyi is serving his second term on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) ticket since 2013. He is currently eyeing the Nairobi gubernatorial seat in the next general elections after he shut down rumours of Bungoma bid.
Nelson Havi will rival Arthur Mandela an award winning Kenyan vlogger of 31 years of age in the upcoming poll. Arthur Mandela alias Xtian Dela, expressed his disappointment on Twitter over lack of support from young people who he claims to be representing.
The latter was responsible for the “Club Covid” invention in 2020 on Instagram at the helm of Covid-19, capturing young women competing in inappropriate dance contests over a cash price. He came under fire from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and three parents who sued him for airing explicit content and infringing on rights of teenagers.
Whereas the future is uncertain for the two aspirants, the answer lies with the registered voters.