Nelson Havi, former president of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), has been shortlisted for the role of Solicitor General in President William Ruto’s administration.
Havi, who ran unsuccessfully for the Westlands MP seat in the August elections on the platform of the UDA party, was named one of seven finalists in a notification published on Friday by the Public Service Commission (PSC).
Other contenders include Shadrack John Mose, a former Kitutu Masaba MP, George Kithi, a previous Kilifi gubernatorial candidate who ran unsuccessfully, and former Jubilee Party deputy executive director and head of legal and compliance. M.K. Kigen-Sorobit
Paul Lilan, Beatrice Adhiambo Akuno, Beatrice Mugeni Meso, and Stephen Ochieng Mallowah were also named.
The commission’s panel will now interview them on December 13 and 14, 2022, at its Nairobi offices.
In a statement released by the PSC, it was said that the commission “invited applications from adequately qualified candidates for the position of Solicitor-General in the print media and Commission’s website on November 1, 2022,” in accordance with Section 9 of the Office of Attorney-General Act No. 49 of 2012.
“Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed at the Public Service Commission, Commission House, Harambee Avenue, Nairobi, on the specified date and time once the exercise is over. Candidates must arrive at the location at least fifteen minutes (15) before the scheduled start time “According to PSC’s public notification.
18 candidates exhibited interest in the position during the advertisement last month, according to PSC.
In the event that she is elected, Havi will succeed departing Solicitor General Ken Ogeto, whose tenure ends at the end of March 2023.
Kenyan law states that in addition to assisting the Attorney-General in the fulfillment of his duties, the Solicitor General is also in charge of disciplining the State Counsel and other employees in the Office, which is now run by AG Justin Muturi.