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ODM spokesman explains why Nasa lawyers represented DCJ Mwilu

ODM spokesman Philip Etale has explained why Nasa lawyers stampeded to represent Deputy Chief Justice and Supreme Court judge Philomena Mwilu, following her arrest on corruption charges.

Her galaxy of lawyers included Nasa co-principal Kalonzo Musyoka, Senators James Orengo (Siaya, ODM) Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira, ODM), Mutula Kilonzo Jr (Makueni, Wiper), and MPs Dan Maanzo (Makueni, Wiper), Anthony Oluoch (Mathare, ODM), Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town, ODM) and Millie Odhiambo (Suba North, ODM).

Some observers felt that the case had taken a political turn but Etale was quick to point out why the opposition lawyers took up the case.

“Someone asked, Why is it that NASA/ODM lawyers are the ones acting for DCJ Philemona Mwilu? I have taken time to think about it. Here is my answer… Where else can you find FINE, FOCUSED and SHARP legal minds?” wrote Etale on Twitter.

Justice Mwilu faces numerous counts of stealing, abuse of office and unlawful failure to pay taxes.

Additionally, investigators claim that the judge has acted in contravention of the Leadership and Integrity Act by accepting a personal loan of Sh12 million from Imperial Bank.

The judge is also accused of engaging in misconduct in furtherance of personal benefit.