Hubris, insolence and conceit. The current LSK council clearly has a glut of all three. Despite being caught willy-nilly dipping into the pockets of their members, their pigheaded and smug self righteousness could not let them see that this general assembly was not going to be business as usual. Long used to applying dessert cactuses into their members backsides, they would now be asked to sit on those very cacti.
No one can say for sure, but Eric May well be a keen fan of Harry Potter. The man actually thought that you can in real life wave a magic wand and things will just go away. Here is the arbitration centreâ€¦now watchâ€¦..abracadabra!…POOF!…..ITS GONE! IT HAS DISSAPPEARED!!!!!
Poor Mutua, the only thing he managed to make disappear was himself and his council. And that was not so magical it was more like squirrels scurrying during a forest fire. Panic amid pandemonium. All that self importance that had earlier come swaggering into the hall went up in smoke. Some self important types had even gone as far as reserving the front row seats. They would discuss LSK business while the hoi polloi that is the younger members watched in silent shock and awe. Alas! It was not to be. Democracy would trample over their aristocratic pretenses and pipe dreams.
The younger members had made a startling discovery. EVERY LSK member was entitled to an opinion, to be heard and to ONE vote. For years some so called seniors had a swagger of people who knew their votes and opinions counted for double or triple those of others. Led by the visceral Edwin Sifuna, youthful lawyers decided they had had enough of stage managed assemblies and were for once going to get their voices heard.
LSK regulations provide that once proper notice of an agenda item is given, as it was in this case, then that agenda item must be included in the list of items to be discussed at the general assembly. The key word is must. The regulations also provide for the supremacy of the members voices as heard during a general assembly
The haughty chairman would however not allow an agenda that discussed his own removal. He therefore decided not to follow the regulation that makes it mandatory for him to include all properly filed agenda items. (Including those he does not like) He and his conniving council chose to foist a sham list of agendas.
Upon realizing that the agendas that mattered most to them had been disdainfully omitted, the members in righteous anger demanded that they be included immediately. Faced point blank by incensed advocates the chairman suddenly found himself out of aces.
Like pampered brats always do, the LSK council chose to tuck tail and leave via a side door when the members demanded that the agenda include specific items that they had earlier given notice to be included.
While Mutua would later crop up looking like a drenched kitten claiming that the members perpetuated an illegality by continuing with the meeting after he left, LSK regulations actually state that adjournment is not at the whim of a humiliated chairman but rather is only carried out with the concurrence of members at the assembly. He did not dare put the matter to a vote. Overwhelmed by shame and guilt, he and his council could not continue to inhabit the room and understandably chose to scurry out of sight.
Mutua had his affected dignity exposed as disgrace. The grapevine has it that some distraught MPâ€™s and Senators in Western Kenya were frantically perusing voterâ€™s registers; freaked out the gutsy Edwin Sifuna may settle his eyed on their seats. Luckily for them, unlike Mutua, they have this year, the next and yet another one to hang on.