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Kiambu Court detains “fake lawyer” for 14 days

A man who has been purporting to be a lawyer and representing unsuspecting Kenyans in Kiambu, Thika and Nairobi courts has been detained for 14 days by a Kiambu Court.

Duncan Kahiro, who allegedly has been issuing fake orders from courts in Kiambu and Nairobi, was arrested on May 25 at Kiambu after several complaints were filed against him.

Kiambu chief magistrate Emily Ominde allowed detectives additional time to complete investigations and directed the accused to appear in court on June 23 for plea taking. This is after the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) to give evidence over the same. 

According to police reports, Kahiro has been obtaining money falsely from unsuspecting members of the public and, on many occasions, represented his victims in court proceedings while disguising as a partner with a renowned law firm Kiiru Chege that operates between Nairobi and Kiambu.

The court had on May 26 directed Kahiro to deposit Sh. 100,000 cash bail pending investigations.

Yesterday the investigating officer Peter Kingawi made an application urging the court to grant detectives 14 days saying he needed time to file a Law Society of Kenya (LSK) report.

Peter Kingawi told the court Kahiro has been on police radar since June 2021 following a string of complaints by some of the victims who are alleged to have paid Kahiro to represent them on children and land conveyance matters

He is also set to face impersonation charges and obtaining money by false pretenses after he allegedly received over Sh 20,000 from a Kiambu resident over a domestic issue.

 On Wednesday, the accused was arrested in Kirigiti after a Kiambu County Assembly official reported to have lost Sh. 60,000 to the suspect as legal fees  to represent him in a land transaction.

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