Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi was arrested on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Havi confirmed that he was in the custody of detectives at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu road.
This comes after LSK Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mercy Wambua filed an assault complaint with the police against Havi. Wambua told police that the LSK president assaulted her during a meeting held on Monday, July 12.
But according to Citizen Digital, Havi dismissed the allegations accusing the CEO of forcing her way into the boardroom a meeting was ongoing. He further alleged that Wambua wanted to record the proceedings.
The assault allegations came barely two days after Havi and Wambua were engaged in a fierce verbal exchange further deepening the wrangles in the LSK.
On Friday, July 9 Havi stated in a press statement that Wambua was preventing plans for a proposed audit on the use of allocated funds allocated to the society.
Havi accused Wambua of being in office illegally and colluding with financial institutions to deny members statements of expenditure.
The LSK President further claimed that Wambua failed to alter signatories to banks in which accounts of the society are registered.
According to Havi, the society’s efforts to access bank statements were frustrated and this consequently compromised the planned internal audit.
It is alleged that this failure could be traced to deliberate acts by Wambua. A previous conclusion by members to have her on compulsory leave failed as she rebuffed instructions to vacate office.
Havi claimed that the CEO had made over Ksh70 million worth of transactions devoid of both standard procedure and the approval of members.
He further alleged that Wambua operated a mobile pay bill number through which millions of shillings were received without the council’s knowledge, further alluding to the rogue nature of operations.