LSK President Nelson Havi enjoying a cup of tea in parliament on Monday, October 12
Photos of Nelson Havi Taking Tea in Parliament Have Kenyans Talking
The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi lit up the internet after pictures of him having tea in parliament went viral.
Havi and the Green Movement Party marched to Parliament on Monday, October, 12 to register their support for Chief Justice David Maraga’s recent order to have Parliament dissolved.
Photos would later emerge of Havi and his team enjoying a cup of tea, samosas and sausages, leading the LSK chair to be the butt of the jokes on social media.
“I was not surprised that the much touted ‘parliament occupation’ by the LSK Activist-in-Chief Havi was all about taking several cups of tea and being mesmerized by the looks of parliament. Havi should have called the speaker and explained he just wanted to have a tour,” COTU secretary general Francis Atwoli stated.
“LSK and the Green Party Members are really taking us for a ride. This is elitism. Nothing near a proper struggle for change. This is purely exercise for the cameras and attention seeking,” Lord Mutai weighed in.
In response, however, Havi downplayed the matter and indicated that the Law Society of Kenya was only interested in civil and nonviolent democratic change.
“I don’t know why plebs are making heavy weather out of this picture of us having tea in parliament. In war, the kitchen is the first place occupying forces take over after a conquest,” Havi wrote on Twitter.
The intended march by Havi and his team was disrupted by police presence at the parliament entrance.
Only four of the 20 members were eventually allowed to the National assembly, with the security indicating that it was following the covid-19 containment measures.
Havi was among those allowed into the heavily guarded building.
In a press briefing in September, Havi stated that the Head of State would be in violation of the Constitution if he failed to dissolve parliament by October 12, 2020.
“A by-election is to be held within 90 days of dissolution of Parliament as provided for under title 101, sub-article 4, paragraph B of the Constitution of Kenya. The MPs elected in the by-election shall serve until the next general election in August 2022,” Havi had vowed.
High court has since suspended Chief Justice David Maraga’s advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament pending the determination of a petition filed by two Kenyans on the matter.