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Why Lawyer Murgor's Cousins Don't Want Him to be Chief Justice

  • Family members of Senior counsel Philip Murgor’s have signed a petition indicating that they do not support his bid to be a Chief Justice.

    In the petition, two of his cousins accused Murgor of using four court cases to divide the family. 

    “We understand each individual is entitled to legal counsel of their choice. However, the four cases above demonstrated an individual out to break family units without cause other than to be sadistic,” reads the petition by Murgor’s cousins.

    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor
    Senior Counsel Philip Murgor
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    Specifically, the two brought up the William Cherop Murgor succession case that has been in court since 2012, where the senior counsel is representing Enid Murgor, the petitioner, pitting her against other family members.

    “We are concerned he has not used his knowledge and qualifications in law to provide advice to members of the Murgor family but narrowly to pit siblings against siblings as demonstrated in the following four cases, ongoing and settled in court,” adds the petition.

    In addition, the two accused Murgor of taking over his late mother’s estate, excluding his siblings who allegedly live in abject poverty.

    The former Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) has since responded to the allegations, dismissing them as lies. He argued that his cousins were bitter due to an ongoing family succession dispute.

    “They will go to any lengths including lying to the JSC, if it will assist them in their objective to completely disinherit certain beneficiaries and dependents,” he said in a statement.

    Further, Murgor stated that attempts at mediation in the William Murgor succession case had failed, on account of the recalcitrance of three of his cousins and their supporters.

    “I have not obstructed any attempts at resolving the disputes through mediation and continue to urge the opposing advocates to advise their clients to respect the requirements of constitution and law of succession,” he added.

    Murgor is among 10 other candidates including; High Court Judge Said Juma Chitembwe, Justice William Ouko, Justice Martha Koome, Justice Njagi Marete, Justice Mathews Nderi, Senior Counsel Fredrick Ngatia, Prof Kameri Mbote, Prof Wekesa Moni and Ms Alice Jepkoech, who are eyeing the position.

    Juma was the first to appear before the interviewing panel on Monday, April 12.

    The other candidates will appear before the panel over the next nine days with each applicant given one day to defend their application.

    Justice Chitembwe Said Juma
    Justice Chitembwe Said Juma appearing before the JSC for his interview for the position of Chief Justice on Monday, April 12, 2021
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