Editor's Review

  • LSK SGM disrupted by protest against Nelson Havi's announcement on a firm that will be hired to audit the institution.
  • The institution is facing a Ksh186 million bill from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) from alleged failure to remit taxes.

A meeting by the Law Society of Kenya was disrupted by protests against President Nelson Havi.

The LSK Special General Meeting (SGM) was disrupted by members over Havi's proclamation that firm Parker Randall will be hired to audit the institution's books.

This comes in the backdrop of a financial crisis at the LSK as it grapples with an Sh186 million tax bill.

LSK risks losing a prime piece of land in Nairobi and more millions to corruption perpetrated by staffers colluding with lawyers.

Taxman knocking

An internal audit revealed that the society revealed inflated pricing of items bought by the society.

Further supporting documents for some expenditure could not be traced, making it difficult to determine whether LSK got value for money in some of the big deals made in recent years.

Internal auditors began investigating how the lobby was spending the millions it collects from lawyers every year after members raised questions.

In January 2021, the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) hit the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) with a Ksh186 million tax bill resulting from its alleged failure to remit taxes in previous years.