Thursday, February 23, 2006
Murgor Fights Back
Philip Murgor: Knows Too Much About Goldenberg?
It is not surprising that Philip Murgor wants to continue carrying a gun around. In becoming one of the richest lawyers in the land, he’s naturally made a lot of enemies.
Picture this scenario. You are a lawyer and are defending a client charged with theft. Naturally he has to tell you a lot before you can successfully defend him. Then somewhere in the middle of that long trial, you switch sides and end up representing the complainants (the guys who got robbed). As they desperately seek for redress.
That is the situation with Murgor. He represented both Patni and the Central Bank of Kenya in Goldenberg-related cases. Technically there is nothing wrong with that, morally, it’s another issue altogether. But then morals do not make lawyers rich and Murgor has made a fortune from the Goldenberg cases. But that is not the issue here.
There are few people alive today who know as much about Goldenberg as Murgor.
This smart lawyer knows the game the politicians are playing and so he’s decided to take them head-on and play their game. He’s now trying to sue police bosses for dragging his good name into Goldenberg. I hope he succeeds because it will bring to light this whole current anti-corruption circus going on in Kenya.
Actually this is more evidence that the so-called war on corruption is selective and definitely headed in the wrong direction. What does a lawyer who represented the thief have to do with the theft itself? Lawyers get paid from Bank robber’s loot all the time in Kenya. A lawyers’ job is to defend their client, not start an investigation into where the money to pay for their services is coming from.
Posted by Chris at 5:21 AM