Details have emerged have emerged of a high-powered legal team assembled to challenge the ruling made by a five judge bench that declared the BBI process unconstitutional.
Attorney General Paul Kihara and his team has already filed an appeal against the High Court judgement arguing that he was dissatisfied with the judgement, setting the stage for an epic clash.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and his lawyers Arnold Oginga and Paul Mwangi have reportedly prepared arguments to support the appeal, backed by an able legal team of seasoned lawyers.
Two pro-BBI teams have emerged, one allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the other to Raila, which have teamed up.
Attorney General Paul Kihara is touted to be the leader overseeing the appeal launched by leaders allied to Uhuru. A report by Nation indicated that Kihara had overseen numerous meetings at State House that were aimed at coming up with the right strategies to counter the ruling.
The former Presidential aspirant confirmed to a local news outlet that the BBI team contacted him to join them as part of the defence in their court appeal. He, however, is yet to confirm his participation noting that he was considering the case.
Muite has been in legal practice since the 1980s and at some point, he attracted global attention after challenging the then Mzee Daniel Moi-led one party state.
Muite was among the lawyers hired in 2017 to represent Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) in a presidential election petition pitting Uhuru against Raila.
Solicitor General Kennedy Ogeto was in the lead in the filing of the high octane appeal against the ruling by a five-team bench who declared the bill null and avoid.
Ogeto is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of over twenty-seven (27) years standing. Before assuming office as the Solicitor General of the Republic.
Lawyer Arnold Oginga is a close counsel attached to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and is working together with Paul Mwangi to file an appeal fronted by the former premier.
Oginga is the proprietor and founder of Ochieng’ Oginga and Company advocates with career spanning nearly 10 years in legal matters.
Lawyer Paul Mwangi is the head overseeing a team executing an appeal from former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s front.
The lawyer is the former BBI joint secretary and has for a long time served as the legal adviser to the ODM leader. Raila hired Mwangi in 2011 when he served as the Prime Minister.
Siaya Senator James Orengo has also been tapped to join the BBI defence team barely two weeks after fallout with Raila over some sections contained in the document.
Orengo openly defied Raila for his support of the addition of 70 new constituencies which are expected to expand the already stretched wage bill.
The two leaders held a meeting and shortly after, Orengo took to social media to affirm that his allegiance to his party leader was unshaken.
Former Attorney General Githu Muigai has also been tapped to join the team compiling a defence against the annulling of the BBI bill backed by both Raila and Uhuru.
It is still not clear if he has taken on the challenge but since 2019, the lawyer had called for law change arguing that the government in the then form was too large to manage.
“We are running a government that we cannot manage, it is too large thinking in size and numbers. We need to revisit Chapter 6 of the Constitution,” noted Muigai.
The newly constituted team will face off with that opposing BBI which includes constitutional lawyer Waikwa Wanyoike.
Wanyoike is the Litigation Director of Open Society Justice Initiative is an operational program of the Open Society Foundations.
He also co-founded and served as the executive director of Katiba Institute in Nairobi for eight years.
Despite having less publicity than the luminaries on the government side, Wanyoike has a record of winning landmark cases against the government including the High Court ruling that which declared the BBI null and void. Some of the cases include the deportation case against Miguna Miguna as well as a petition that awarded victims of Post Election Violence Ksh4 million.
The opposing team also includes former Presidential and Senior Counsel Martha Karua and Kituo cha Sheria leader Annette Mbogoh.