, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 31 – Lawyer Kioko Kilukumi who was nominated by President Mwai Kibaki for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions has now withdrawn from representing suspended Higher Education Minister William Ruto in a fraud case.
Mr Kilukumi told Capital News that it was ethically and professionally untenable to continue representing the Eldoret North MP in the Sh96 million fraud case he is facing.
"Yes, I have stepped down as Ruto\’s lawyer but will continue with his work in case the nomination fails to go through," he told Capital News on telephone.
He said lawyer Katwa Kigen would take over as Mr Ruto\’s defence attorney.
Mr Kilukumi was nominated alongside Justice Alnashir Visram (Chief Justice) and Professor Githu Muigai (Attorney General) but the nominations have sparked a controversy, with Prime Minister Raila Odinga saying he was not consulted as required by law.
The Prime Minister\’s camp said although discussions had been underway, the two principals were yet to agree on the nominees.
But a statement from the Presidential Press Service said the appointments had been made after consultations with the Prime Minister and in accordance with the Constitution, but this was disputed by Raila Odinga\’s key ally James Orengo who is also the Lands Minister.
The Prime Minister told a rally in Nairobi at the weekend that he would hold talks with the President to try and resolve the impasse.
The Head of State is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia attending the African Union summit where he has tabled a Motion seeking a deferral for two cases facing six Kenyans at the International Criminal Court.
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