A young Kenyan, Brian Mwenda has expressed gratitude to those supporting him as he faces prosecution for allegedly practising without license and assuming the identity of another lawyer.
Mwenda before his current troubles had reportedly won all 26 cases he handled at Kenyan courts as an advocate.
Kenyan legal officials though claim he was practicing using the identity of a real lawyer, named Brian Mwenda Ntwiga.
When he appeared in court on charges of practising law without qualifications has pleaded not guilty.
He faces charges of forging official documents to practise as a lawyer and identity theft.
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and the country’s Director of Public Prosecutions have condemned his actions and are now pushing for his prosecution.
The Nairobi Branch Rapid Action Team (RAT) of the Law Society of Kenya earlier arrested and detained Mwenda.
It said in a statement that “the man has been presenting and conducting himself as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a member of LSK Nairobi Branch.”
But young Mwenda is gaining alot of support from Kenyans and even beyond his country after news of his actions broke.
Kenya’s Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) praised him as a “brilliant young mind” who has succeeded “without traditional qualifications”.
Mike Sonko, the controversial former governor of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi has also joined those supporting the young man.
Mr. Sonko was seen in a video standing by the young accused “fake lawyer”.
I still maintain that my future lawyer Brian Mwenda is innocent until proven guilty. Tuko na yeye huku Mombasani until Monday when we shall present him to the DCI to record a statement pic.twitter.com/fFGNoxG7tX
— Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) October 13, 2023
The young man in the video, expressed gratitude to those supporting him amid this current predicament.
“I would like to convey my gratitude to the people that are supporting me and praying for me… in the fullness of time I will be able to clear this misunderstanding.
“I will be also be able to provide my innocence and provide the actual context.”