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Lawyer to face disciplinary proceedings over alleged misconduct

The tribunal which found the judge guilty of gross misconduct recommended his removal from office. It said Mr Kalove allegedly conspired with the judge.

The law society Secretary said that the case referred to is Nairobi High Court involving the Republic Vs. Attorney General and Three Others, ex parte Kamlesh Mansukhlal Damji Pattni.

The Council of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) will conduct disciplinary proceedings against a lawyer over alleged professional misconduct over a suspended High Court judge.

The society’s secretary and chief executive, Ms Mercy Wambua, said the council will act against Mr Bernard Kalove following findings by a tribunal probing allegations of gross misconduct against High Court Judge Justice Joseph Mbalu Mutava.

“The council resolved in its meeting of December 10 to institute disciplinary proceedings against Mr Kalove,” said Ms Wambua.

The tribunal also found that the judge irregularly, inappropriately and knowingly in collusion with other parties including Mr Kalove, caused the case to be allocated to himself without the knowledge and consent of the duty judge and head of the Judicial Review Division.

The tribunal also found that Mr Kalove schemed to have the matter placed before the judge irregularly.

The tribunal found that the conduct of the judge amounted to gross misconduct and recommended to President Uhuru Kenyatta that the judge be removed from office.

At the same time, the law society council has written to Homa Bay town legislator Peter Kaluma, seeking his written explanation over an incident in which he fought an aspirant at a political rally.

Ms Wambua said the council noted from media reports of 28th November this year suggesting that Mr Kaluma was involved in what appeared to be a public affray.

The lawyers body also noted that following the incident the legislator has been charged with assault at Homa Bay Law Court.

The MP is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

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