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Why AG wants this ‘hustler’ law professor sacked

Attorney General Githu Muigai has written to Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery advising him against allowing a prominent law lecturer to continue chairing the Betting Control and Licensing Board.

The AG said retaining Prof Paul Musili Wambua as board chairman violates a court order that ruled he cannot hold two public offices, given that he is an associate dean at the University of Nairobi’s School of Law.

“In view of directions given by the Court of Appeal, the decision still stands that Prof Musili Wambua cannot continue holding the position of chairman of BCLB while he is holding another public office as a law lecturer,” said the AG through litigation counsel Allan Kamau.

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The board is a government institution under the ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government tasked with controlling and licensing of betting and gaming premises, recovery of tax on betting and gaming, and authorising public lotteries.

Prof Wambua had appealed against the High Court decision that stopped him from holding the two positions, but Appellate Judges Fatuma Sichale, Jamila Mohammed and Sankale ole Kantai declined to issue temporary orders retaining him as the board’s chairman.

The judges instead directed him to serve the Law Society of Kenya, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and LSK disciplinary committee, given that the case also concerned his conduct and claims that he stole from his partners at Musyoka, Wambua and Katiku Advocates.