By Peter Lemmy Wasilwa
My very¬†noble¬†and¬†wise brothers¬†and sisters, with¬†utmost respect¬†to all my seniors¬†and distinguished¬†members of this
great profession;¬†this is not the¬†ordinary letter¬†that we do in¬†the course of¬†business, for we¬†are not now in¬†business instead¬†we have downed¬†our tools for the¬†enemy is burning¬†our wig and¬†tearing down our¬†robe. The purple¬†ribbon tells our¬†story.
That ours is a noble profession is not in¬†doubt. A profession that still is, what we¬†all thought it to be before we joined;
but the sound of the bullets, piercing¬†of knives, and smell of poison and the¬†hit of blunt objects turns it into a battle
field, with no fair play. While we are¬†armed with the Law as we chant for due¬†process, the enemy is armed with a gun,
knife, poison and blunt objects. Caesar,¬†like the proverbial Ostrich has buried¬†his head in the sand while we bury our
own. Learned Friends, the threat is real¬†and we better know how to deal with it¬†for our profession is immortal but mortal¬†we are.
We cannot quit the struggle for a free¬†and just society even if the enemies have¬†been consistent and have now perfected¬†their acts of intimidation and their philosophy¬†is now that of elimination. We¬†are stronger than the cowards for we are¬†a family of iron men and women. I write¬†to remind you that the struggle has always¬†been won by Learned Friends. The¬†legendary icon of freedom and a great¬†hero of our time, Nelson Mandela, a¬†Learned Friend, brought down the otherwise¬†presumed immortal apartheid;¬†President Barrack Obama, a Learned¬†Friend, overcame the challenge of racism¬†to rule the world. Counsels, our victory is¬†coming soon, let us fight on.
We are at a point of no return. We have¬†made so much gain and covered enough¬†ground to quit the struggle for a free
and just society. It has been years of toil¬†and sacrifice; I will not forget to remind¬†you that absolute freedom
is enjoyed because of the¬†brave. Learned Friends,¬†our course is higher than¬†our mortality; for we do¬†it so that the rest can get¬†justice and live in a free¬†society.
We, who are still¬†on the battle field¬†must not relent¬†until we crush the¬†enemy and dedicate¬†the victory to¬†them, so that their¬†death would not¬†have been in vain.
Caesar does not seem to¬†recognize and appreciate¬†the role we play and guarantee¬†our protection. Let us¬†protect ourselves Learned¬†Friends, for we are tired of the purple¬†ribbon. We would rather plead Section¬†17 of Cap 63 than turn the purple ribbon¬†into a flag of our noble profession.¬†This I believe we all agree it has now¬†become an inevitable decision to make.¬†Our very able elected leaders in the Law¬†Society; you are our umbrella body, provide¬†the much needed shelter and push¬†Caesar for the protection of members, I¬†beseech thee.
We may have buried #Willie, just like¬†we have buried other learned colleagues¬†before, but We, who are still on
the battle field must not relent until we¬†crush the enemy and dedicate the victory¬†to them, so that their death would
not have been in vain.
I believe in and hold much respect for¬†the Learned Friends who chose the noble¬†path of training and mentoring those
who join the profession. Yours is a heavier¬†responsibility, I‚Äôm confident you are¬†equal to the task as you have done it
before. Pass the mantle and forget not,¬†to remind those you train; that they are¬†the soldiers whose contribution we need¬†in the course (that)we pursue-that of a¬†just and free society. Remind them that¬†the noble profession is only a preserve of¬†the men and women of courage, not the¬†faint at heart.
Learned Friends, when the enemy shows¬†up, like he did to #Willie, I believe¬†#Willie remembered this and I hope
you will also remember: ‚Äď ‚ÄúI‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶,¬†affirm that I will at all times uphold the¬†Rule of Law and Administration¬†of Justice and that¬†without FEAR or FAVOUR¬†I will well and truly discharge¬†my duties as an Advocate¬†of the High Court of¬†Kenya. So help me God.‚ÄĚ
Peter Lemmy Wa silwa (LLB¬†MOI) is a post graduate student.¬†He can be contacted through¬†firstname.lastname@example.org. The¬†authors takes sole responsibility¬†for errors and omissions contained
herein. The position of the law is¬†stated as at May, 2016