Waki, Kiage leave Visa Oshwal Community trustees suit
Two appellate judges yesterday disqualified themselves from a case filed by trustees of Visa Oshwal Community, which is challenging a decision denying them rights to privately own the institution. Justice Philip Waki and Patrick Kiage, who were to hear the appeal alongside Justice Fatuma Sichale, pulled out, saying they are no longer comfortable. Waki said a lawyer representing the school represents him in another matter pending in court, while Kiage said he represented parents of the institution before he became a judge. The two judges asked the parties if they were okay with them or had objections if they proceeded to hear the appeal. In response, lawyer Martin Mbichire, who represents Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, a petitioner in the suit, said there could be a conflict of interest if the two judges preside over the appeal.