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Kenya Law Society helps Malawi to recover K360 million

The Law Society of Kenya has helped to trace a Kenyan law firm that was hired to oversee rehabilitation of Malawi Government property in Nairobi but fleeced Malawi of K360 million, which was erroneously paid to the firm through suspicious cash claims.

Attorney General, Charles Mhango, said the Law Society of Kenya has since written the government to give details on the matter.

“We have been requested by the Law Society of Kenya to give them the details and we will be giving them the details so that they can trace the law firm,” Mhango said.

The government is accusing Kairu Mbuthia and Kiingati Advocates of bogus cash claims on a job they never did.

In addition to the Law Society of Kenya, Mhango said the government has engaged another Kenyan law firm to drag Kairu Mbuthia and Kiingati Advocates to court.

This came in the open after an audit report of the 2012/13 financial year by the Auditor General’s office showed glaring anomalies in the way the ministry paid money, in US dollars, to the Kenyan lawyers even before a contract was signed.

Chairperson of Public Accounts Committee, Alekeni Menyani, has since said the committee is instituting a public inquiry that will involve experts and the Malawi Law Society to probe how the ministry generously made huge sums of payments to Kairu Mbuthia and Kiingati Advocates.

He said former principal secretary for the ministry, Patrick Kabambe, who was in charge of the ministry at the time, would be the principal witness.

The appointment letter of Kairu Mbuthia and Kiingati Advocates, whose copy Malawi News has seen, was duly signed by the ministry’s former chief legal officer Suzgo Lungu.

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