A law firm belonging to former chair of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) Eric Mutua has been accused of defrauding its clients of millions of shillings in restitutions.
Two men claiming to have been clients of Mr Mutua’s now accuse his firm, EK Mutua & Co. Advocates, of conning them out of payments collected from insurers for road accident-related injuries and losses.
Kisi Fredrick Kasyoka and Muli Kithae, said they never received a single dime from the law firm despite having been served with documents indicating the court had ruled in their favour and ordered subsequent compensation.
Mr Kithae, a resident of Mui in Mwingi Central and a former driver, lost his left hand following a road accident at Juja, Thika, in December 2003.
Speaking to journalists in Kitui Town, Kithae said he engaged the services of Mutua’s firm in March 2004 in a bid to secure compensation for his amputated arm.
He said he later received a letter dated March 3, 2008 from Eric Mutua’s informing him that the court had awarded him compensation totalling to Sh819,722 and that he was required to first pay Sh49,500 as court fees.
“Since I had no money, we agreed that he would pay the court fees and deduct the sum from my restitution once it was processed,” Kithae intimated.
“It has been a long wait. I lost my livelihood following that accident and I am forced to depend on my family for survival. I could at least start a small business with the restitution,” he said.
He added: “I feel Mutua has not been honest with me. He tells me to wait a bit longer whenever I call him to inquire though he assured me that I would receive my money in no time when my case was concluded.”
Mr Kasyoka, on the other hand, was seeking restitution for his son Kisi Mululu who died after he was knocked down near Pangani Girls in Nairobi by a vehicle belonging to China Haude Construction Limited.
According to a letter dated October 12, 2015 and seen by journalist, the law firm informed Kasyoka that the court delivered judgment in his favour on October 9, 2015 and that he was awarded Sh2,660,500.
The letter further informed him that he was required to pay Sh67,000 as court fees, which he paid on November 16, 2015.
Kasyoka and Kithae seemed convinced that the lawyer had received their money and now accuse him of putting it into his personal use.
To register their displeasure with the Eric those defrauded staged a demonstration on Monday in Mwingi town outside human rights offices calling for the agency’s intervention.
Reached for comment, Mr Mutua said it was untrue that he received the said monies.
The lawyer, who has declared interest to run for Mwingi Central parliamentary seat in 2017, said the men whom majority are his neighbour back in Mui were lying.