Chief Justice David Maraga today presided over the admission of 144 lawyers to the Roll of Advocates.
Maraga called upon all the graduating petitioners to act with utmost integrity in the delivery of their legal services to the people and the country especially at this period in the country’s political calendar.
“I encourage you to help discharge your duties professionally in order to solve the many challenges facing the country such as corruption,” he said
The lawyers were reminded that law is a noble profession and their admission to the Bar after duly completing their undergraduate law studies and postgraduate diploma at the Kenya School of Law called for more responsibility and integrity.
The Chief Justice warned the young learned friends against corruption and especially at this time when there are increased corruption cases being reported.
“I am indeed sorry to report that there are cases where lawyers have become conduits of corruption”, he said.
He further reiterated that this being an election year, there is speculation of many election petitions thus he urged the advocates to handle the petitions in a manner that will promote peace and unity in the country.
Maraga further urged the new entrants to also render pro bono services (free legal advice) to aid the less fortunate and poor people in the society who can’t afford legal services.
Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President, Isaac Okero told the newly admitted advocates to uphold the rule of law.
The LSK president reminded them against engaging in fraud and to guard their reputation. “Guard your reputation jealously because that is all you have,” he emphasized.
Renowned political analyst Dr Adams Oloo was among the newly admitted advocates.